COVID-19 news focuses on vaccinations, not new cases

Joe Block

In a reversal of what the Star News has been reporting over then past year, vaccinations take the lead in COVID-19 news.

In Sauk County, 25 percent of residents have received at least one dose. Nearly 15 percent have received both.

The numbers for those completing their vaccination break down in the following way:

48 percent are 65 years of age or older.

Of those between 35 and 64, 30 percent have completed their vaccination. 

Of those aged 18 to 34, 12 percent are done.

In Dane County, numbers are similar for those completing their vaccination:

16 percent have completed their vaccination.

For those between 35 and 64, 44 percent are done.

21 percent of those aged 18 to 34 have completed their vaccination.


As for new cases, what was said last week holds true: new case rates are flat. All increases, and there were only a few, were less than five new cases in the past week. The population defined by the Sauk Prairie School District saw 25 new cases, for a low cases per ten thousand rate of 12.

For the area defined by the Wisconsin Heights School District, there were 12 new cases, calculating out to a19 cases per ten thousand rate.

For the school districts themselves, Sauk Prairie saw 21 new cases and 48 close contacts. Wisconsin Heights had 11 cases and 44 close contacts.


Data and methodology


All data comes from the State of Wisconsin Department of Health. Population figures for municipalities come from the United States Census Bureau.

Data is collected by the Star News on Mondays.

Data is reported on a seven day cycle.

School data is collected from the Wisconsin Heights School District and Sauk Prairie School District each Thursday.

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