New COVID-19 cases plummet
The amount of new COVID-19 cases in Trempealeau County continues to drop as there were just 16 new cases last week, the fewest since mid-August.
That total, reported by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, came with a positivity rate of 12.3 percent as a downward trend of new cases continues. Over the past two weeks, there have been 56 new cases, the lowest two-week total since Aug. 24 to Sept. 7 when there were 43 new cases.
The 16 new cases last week were the lowest since Aug. 24 to 31 when there were 13 new cases. That proved to be the calm before the storm, however as the new cases more than doubled the next week and continued to increase until the week of Nov. 23 when a record 460 new cases were reported. There continued to be high case totals until late-January when the number of cases began to drop. After averaging 66 new cases per week in January, the county has seen an average of 33 in February.
Of the new cases last week, five were in Osseo, four were in Whitehall, three in Independence, two in Eleva, Galesville and Blair and one in Ettrick and Strum. Arcadia did not have any new cases for the first time since May.
There were also no new deaths reported last week and, as of Monday, the Trempealeau County Health Department reported just three people were hospitalized.
Last week was another busy week in terms of vaccinations as the DHS reported 1,237 more people were vaccinated, bringing the total to 4,940. More than half of those (55.1 percent) are people 65 years old or older.
The DHS also reported that 2,171 — or 7.3 percent — county residents have completed their vaccine series.
The DHS announced last week that it will launch a Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine Registry that will provide a central place let people know where and when they can they can get vaccinated and let them schedule an appointment. The registry will be used by those who opt in and will not be a comprehensive resource for all vaccination options. Health care systems, pharmacies, and local health departments may already have their own registration and scheduling software.
“This registry will be vital in our effort to get all Wisconsinites access to the COVID-19 vaccine,” Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers said. “It will make it easier for the public to get vaccinated, and assist vaccinators in tracking available supply. It is important to remember that the vaccine supply in Wisconsin is extremely limited and that most people will not be able to get appointments to be vaccinated right away.”
The vaccine registry will require people to answer several questions to determine if they are in one of the groups eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and help them schedule an appointment. If they are not eligible, or if no appointments are currently available, they will be placed on a waiting list. Appointments can only be made through this system in communities with vaccinators who are using the vaccine registry.