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Langlade County joins Forest, 21 other counties in the “critically high” COVID activity level category

Wisconsin DHS

Langlade County now joins Forest County as two of the 21 counites in the state at the “Critically High” COVID activity level.

That’s more than double the number that fell into that category last week.

This means they’re seeing rates of more than 1,000 cases per 100,000 thousand residents.

Other counties in the Northwoods are a step below that at the “very high” covid activity level.

The state is averaging 2,500 new cases a day.

Department of Health Services data shows the North Central Region is the only one in the state to have an increasing number of hospitalizations.

Wisconsin DHS

All hospitals in the region are at peak capacity within their ICUs.

More people from the Northwoods are dying of the virus.

In the last week, Forest, Langlade, Oneida, and Vilas County have all reported additional deaths.

In total, 8,868 Wisconsinites have died because of the COVID-19.

376 of those deaths are people from the Northwoods.

Health officials are urging people to get vaccinated against COVID if you’re not already.

It’s the best way to prevent serious illness and death.

The Pfizer booster shot is also now available in Wisconsin for those 65 and older, those 18 and older with certain medical conditions, and those whose jobs put them at high risk of contracting COVID-19.

Katie Thoresen is WXPR's News Director/Vice President.
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