covid-19 vaccine

Lincoln County Health Department

Right now, more than 45-percent of Lincoln County’s population has gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Fewer than 350 teens under the of 18 have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine in Lincoln County.

The County Health Department is hoping the Youth Night Vaccination Clinic Thursday night will help bring that number up.

It’s with the Pfizer Vaccine, which is the only one approved for 12- to 15-year-olds.

It means that teens can get their first shot now, their second shot in August, and have full immunity by the time school starts.

Wisconsin DHS

Vilas County public health director Laurel Dreger has seen a recent increase in COVID-19 cases jumping from 12 active to 20 and then down to 13 cases county-wide.

“We had one whole family that came down with COVID-19 at the same time and that led to the increase, but recovery has again lowered our active cases,” Dreger said last week. “As of Monday, July 13 we had 2,385 recovered cases with 2,446 cases testing positive and 10,773 testing negative, but unfortunately we also have had 45 deaths.”

Wisconsin DHS

Right now, more than 18,100 people in Oneida County are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Oneida County Health Department Director Linda Conlon says it’s truly been a community effort to get to get the 50% mark.  

“I’m also proud because we’ve had a lot of volunteers that have assisted in vaccination efforts as well as pharmacies and Walmart and Walgreens, health care providers. It really has been a community effort in reaching that number,” said Conlon.

The 65-plus age group has the best vaccination rate in the county with nearly 89% with at least one dose.

Wisconsin DHS

Wisconsin is experiencing COVID-19 levels not seen since the beginning of the pandemic.

The state is averaging about 130 new cases a day.

Department of Health Services Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk said during Tuesday media briefing that it’s great progress in fight against the virus, but more still needs to be done.


Hospitalizations due to the COVID-19 virus are at their lowest recorded levels in Wisconsin, a 92% drop from the peak less than seven months ago.

The Wisconsin Hospital Association said that as of Monday, there were 186 people reported as hospitalized statewide due to the virus.

The previous low was 192 people on April 2, the first day that the dashboard tracking hospitalizations reported data.

The high was 2,277 patients on Nov. 17, 2020.

The good news comes as mask mandates ended Tuesday in Milwaukee and in state buildings, including the Capitol.

Nearly half of the people in custody in Wisconsin's prisons and youth facilities are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


The rate exceeds the vaccination rate for Wisconsin as a whole, after initially lagging behind.


The Wisconsin Department of Corrections shows nearly 9,000 people, or 47.2%, of the eligible prison population, have been fully vaccinated.


That's compared with just under 42% of eligible state residents overall. 


COVID-19 can present itself in a wide variety of symptoms.

Some people have a headache and a mild cough, other are hospitalized struggling to get enough air.

An estimated 10 to 30 percent of COVID-19 patients are what’s dubbed ‘long-haulers’.

They’re still feeling the effects of the virus months after first being diagnosed.

Speech language pathologist with Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital Megan Luttrell says even within the COVID long-haulers there’s a wide range of symptoms.

A key state health department leader is hedging on whether Wisconsin can attain COVID-19 herd immunity by mid-2021.


Department of Health Services Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk has previously said that 70% of Wisconsin's population would need to be vaccinated to attain herd immunity and the state could reach that benchmark by July.


But vaccination rates have slowed dramatically and are now growing at only about 1% a week.



Coronavirus vaccinations for 12- to 15-year-olds are beginning in Wisconsin after an advisory committee for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention signed off on the inoculations for younger children.

The Pfizer vaccine, which requires two doses for full protection, is the first and only vaccine available for the age group.

The coronavirus accounted for 1.3% of all deaths among adolescents between Jan. 1, 2020, and April 30, or 127 deaths overall. In Wisconsin, there have been three deaths from COVID-19 of people age 19 and under.

Office of the Secretary of Defense

Now is the time to get your COVID-19 vaccine if you haven’t already done so, according to Governor Tony Evers.

In a COVID update with the Department of Health Services on Wednesday, the Governor urged people to get vaccinated.

Office of the Secretary of Defense

The U.S. is expanding use of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to children as young as 12.

The Food and Drug Administration said Monday the shot is safe and offers strong protection for younger teens based on testing of more than 2,000 U.S. volunteers.

Wisconsin DHS

Local and Tribal public health departments in the Northwoods are urging people to follow COVID-19 health guidelines. 14 health departments signed the message including, Oneida, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Vilas, Iron, and Price County Health Officers.

It calls for people to keep wearing masks, physically distance, wash your hands, avoid large gatherings, and get vaccinated.


In the last year and a half, 6,850 Wisconsinites have died because of COVID-19. 248 of those deaths are people from the Northwoods.

“For the nurses who knew their faces were the last their patients would see. Their hands the last they would hold. For our healthcare professionals on the frontline of this pandemic the numbers are all too real. This past year, over a year, has been a year of loss,” said Julie Willems Van Dijk, Department of Health Services Deputy Director.


Wisconsin health officials say that only 0.03% of people who have been fully vaccinated for the coronavirus have tested positive for COVID-19.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports Wednesday that the number of so-called breakthrough cases was just 605 out of 1.8 million people who are fully vaccinated.

The state’s number of breakthrough cases is higher than the national national rate of 0.008% reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Gov. Tony Evers has vetoed Republican-backed bills that would have prevented health officials from mandating the COVID-19 vaccine and allowed churches to be closed during the pandemic.

Evers said in his veto messages Friday that he objected to the bills because they limited his ability to respond to the pandemic.

The action has little immediate effect.

There is no state order limiting how many people can gather in churches or any indoor venue, although there are some limited local ordinances.