Local Covid-19

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.

Nicolet College

The Oneida County Health Department has worked endlessly with schools, businesses and community partners throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

This month, they were recognized for that effort with the Wisconsin Technical College System’s Futuremaker Partner award.

That’s an annual award that WTCS uses to recognize an organization for its collaboration with a college.

Linda Conlon, the director of the Oneida County Health Department, says the health department has worked with Nicolet College for a long time.

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 health officials say an uptick in COVID-19 cases in the state this week is likely connected to the more contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus and reinforces the need for unvaccinated residents to get inoculated.

Nearly 51% of people statewide have received at least one dose of the vaccine and about 48% statewide are fully vaccinated, which officials say provides good protection against the Delta variant.

Statewide, 83 cases of the Delta variant have been detected through the testing done on some samples, up from 35 cases in mid-June.

Leanne Vigue Miranda

Last October, the end of the school year seemed a long way off for Rhinelander mother Leanne Vigue Miranda.

“I live day by day because, otherwise, that prospect of, oh my gosh, I have to continue this for eight more months is super scary,” she told WXPR back then.

Miranda is the registrar at Nicolet College.

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.

Ben Meyer/WXPR

Oneida County and its cities and towns will be getting more than $10 million in federal money as a part of the most recent rescue plan.

But we’re not sure where that money will go.

In March, President Biden signed a $1.9 trillion COVID relief package. That law gave direct payments to most Americans, poured more money into unemployment payments, and helped distribute vaccines.

Hundreds of billions of dollars also went to state, local, and tribal governments.


The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled that local health departments do not have the authority to close schools due emergencies like the coronavirus pandemic.

The conservative majority of the court, in a 4-3 decision, also ruled that a school closure order issued last year by Public Health Madison & Dane County infringed on religious rights.

The ruling is yet another victory for conservatives who challenged both state and local orders issued during the pandemic to close schools, limit capacity in buildings and require masks to be worn.

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.


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.


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.

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.