COVID-19: Positive test rate plummets in Kewaunee, Door counties; Door County resumes online vaccine scheduling
After several weeks of high — and in some cases, alarming — percentages of positive tests for the COVID-19 virus, those positivity rates plummeted over the past week in Kewaunee and Door counties, getting close to a figure health authorities say is a sign the spread of the virus is coming under control.
In Kewaunee County, nine of 134 tests for the coronavirus came back with a positive result between April 17 and 23, for a seven-day positivity rate of 6.7%, the county's lowest seven-day rate since it was 6.5% five weeks ago and 4% the week before that. The rate had spiked to 29.3% for the week before (27 positives from 92 tests), marking rates in double digits for three weeks in the past month.
Door County's seven-day rate also dipped into single digits, with eight positives out of 112 tests for a 7.1% rate. That's the lowest seven-day rate for the peninsula since last summer and the first time it's been in single digits in eight weeks, with rates ranging between 10.6% and 35.7% in that span.
The percentage of positive tests, or "positivity rate," over a given time is a metric used by many health organizations to gauge the spread of the virus in a community, and the World Health Organization has said that a rate of more than 5% is concerning because it means testing isn’t widespread enough to capture the spread of the virus among the general population.
Pushing for herd immunity
Health officials across the country continue to remind the public that even in locations with declining positivity rates and with more people getting vaccinated against COVID-19, they should continue taking precautions against spreading or catching the virus until "herd immunity" is achieved.
On the vaccine front, the Door County Health and Human Services Department has re-opened online scheduling for people to make appointments to receive their vaccine from the department.
Online scheduling was shut down for about two weeks when the Wisconsin Department of Health Services ordered vaccination providers to stop using the single-dose vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson because of reports of severe blood clots as a side effect in a limited number of patients nationwide. That forced the Door County health department to reschedule people who were to receive the J&J vaccine and instead get first shots of the two-dose vaccine made by Pfizer/BioNTech.
The department resumed taking appointments on its website this week for first doses of the Pfizer vaccine to be given at sites in Sturgeon Bay and Sister Bay.
To schedule a vaccination, visit bookdcph.timetap.com; those who do not have access to internet, need assistance or have other questions can call 920-746-7180.
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Door and Kewaunee County, by the numbers
Statistics as of April 26 (provided by the county and state health departments) are as follows:
Positive tests in past week:
- Kewaunee County, 9, 18 fewer than previous week
- Door County, 8, 10 fewer than previous week
Negative tests in past week:
- Kewaunee, 125
- Door, 104
Seven-day percentage of positive tests (positivity rate):
- Kewaunee, 6.7% (29.3% the week before)
- Door, 7.1% (was 13%)
- Wisconsin, 3.7% (was 3.4%)
Total positive tests:
- Kewaunee, 2,609, one in every 7.8 residents
- Door: 2,578, one in every 10.7 residents
Total negative tests:
- Kewaunee, 9,592
- Door: 14,601
Cumulative positivity rate since testing began:
- Kewaunee, 21.5%
- Door, 15%
Positive tests per 100,000 residents over past week:
- Kewaunee, 44, tied for 52nd among state's 72 counties
- Door, 29, 64th in state
Deaths from COVID-19 complications:
- Kewaunee, 35, none in past week
- Door, 22, none in past week
Hospitalizations from the virus in past week:
- Kewaunee, none
- Door, 1
- Kewaunee, 16 (was 24 as of April 16)
- Door, N/A (was 102)
- Kewaunee, 2,558
- Door, N/A
Total vaccines given:
- Kewaunee (including other providers besides health department), 7,320 (35.8%) received at least one dose, 6,005 (29.4%) completed their cycles
- Door (including other providers besides health department), 16,138 (58.3%) received at least one dose, highest percentage in state (Dane 57.7%, Bayfield 54.9%), 12,556 (45.4%) both doses, second in state (Bayfield 46.1%)
- Wisconsin, 2,452,970 (42.1%) at least one dose, 1,834,240 (31.5%) completed their cycles
Vaccine doses given in past week:
- Kewaunee, 219 first doses, 744 completed their cycles
- Door, 370 first doses, 1,586 completed their cycles
Contact Christopher Clough at 920-741-7952, 920-562-8900 or [email protected].
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