Rock County hopes to reduce the spread before it opens again.
MADISON, Wis .– Dane County is the leader in COVID-19 vaccination, the official No.1 in the state for the percentage of residents who received at least one dose.
As of Thursday, 59% of Dane County residents received at least one shot, compared with 42.8% of the state overall, according to state data. On the same day, Public Health Madison & Dane County issued a new public health directive to ease capacity limits for businesses starting next week. Among other changes, restaurants and bars will be allowed to accommodate 75% of indoor capacity, with physical distance up from 50% for restaurants and 25% for bars.
“Vaccination is our solution to this epidemic,” said Janel Heinrich, PHMDC Director. “This latest order is driven by cautious optimism about promising improvements in COVID activity. And increased vaccination coverage “
Because Dane County’s COVID-19 vaccination rate is the highest in the state and the number of cases we’ve experienced …
Posted by Public Health Madison & Dane County on Thursday, April 29, 2021.
As Dane County skyrocketed, the rate gap with some surrounding counties widened.Dodge, Jefferson, Rock and Lafayette had a one-shot rate lower than the state overall.
“It will vary from county to county,” said Jessica Turner, communications expert at the Rock County Department of Public Health.
In Rock County, 39.5% of residents get at least one vaccine.
“Vaccination is very important because it helps slow the spread of COVID-19,” Turner said.
Rock County also issued a new order extending the mask mandate with some adjustments, including the full exemption of vaccinated people when meeting with those who are fully vaccinated.
It also revised part of the reopening plan.Rock County is currently in Phase 2, allowing 50% capacity for establishments such as Phase 3 restaurants used to have 100% capacity, but the county edits. Give this a 75% boost by adding incremental steps to the process.
As of now, the county is planning to live in Phase 2.
“We continue to see relatively high cases of COVID-19 outbreaks in Rock County, and we want to mitigate this a bit before opening it again,” Turner said, adding that they tend to underestimate it. About when to move forward based on various factors Such as the level of diffusion, the stress in the hospital, and the vaccination.
“Some of the obstacles we see are transport, access to existing clinical vaccines,” Turner said. “We are doing our best to remove barriers for people still wanting to be vaccinated.”
This includes clinics, communities, and many other opportunities, while appointment scheduling will be encouraged. But walk-in appointments are available at Blackhawk Technical College Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM for those in need.
In conjunction with Walgreens, the vaccine clinic will be held Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Beloit Head Start, which welcomes a walk-in on May 8.Another vaccine clinic will be held at the Rock County Job Center in Janesville since. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. People who need help with registration or transportation can call 608-352-6727.
The Beloit Firefighters will deliver the vaccine at Peoples Church in Beloit May 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Registration required by calling 608-364-5711, more information can be found here.
People interested in getting vaccines in Rock County can find more information here.
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