Rock County hopes to reduce distribution before reopening
MADISON, Wisconsin – Dane County is a leader in vaccinations against COVID-19, officially the state’s number one percentage of residents who have received at least one dose.
As of Thursday, 59 percent of Dane County residents had received at least one shot, compared to 42.8 percent of the state as a whole, according to state data. On the same day, Public Health Madison and Dane County issued a new public health order easing capacity constraints for businesses from next week. Among other changes, restaurants and bars will be allowed 75% indoor capacity with physical distance, 50% for restaurants and 25% for bars.
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As Dane County progresses, the percentage gap with some surrounding counties widens. The cities of Dodge, Jefferson, Rock and Lafayette have one-off levels below the state as a whole.
“It’s going to be different from county to county,” said Jessica Turner, communications specialist in Rock County’s public health department.
In Rock County, 39.5% of residents received at least one dose of the vaccine.
“Vaccinations are very important because they help slow the spread of COVID-19,” Turner said.
Rock County has also issued a new order extending the mask’s mandate with some modifications, including the release of fully vaccinated people at meetings inside with other fully vaccinated people.
He also modified part of his opening plan. Rock County is currently in Phase 2, which allows 50% capacity for restaurants such as restaurants. Phase 3 previously allowed 100% capacity, but the county reviewed it to put a capacity of 75% on capacity, adding a step to the process.
At the moment, the county plans to remain in phase 2.
“We are still seeing a fairly high prevalence of COVID-19 cases in Rock County and we want to reduce it a bit before we open more,” Turner said, adding that they always decide when to move forward, taking into account factors such as the level of spread, hospital tension and vaccinations.
“Some of the barriers we see are transportation, access to vaccines, clinics available,” Turner said. “We are working very hard to remove all barriers to people who still want to be vaccinated.”
This includes community clinics and more walking opportunities. Although the encouragement of meeting planning is encouraged, commitments are already available at Blackhawk Technical College from Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00 to 19:00. Travel can be provided for those who need it.
Together with Walgreens, a vaccine clinic will be held on Sunday from 10:00 to 16:00 at Beloit Head Start, where they are welcome. On May 8, another vaccine clinic will be held at the Rock County Work Center in Janesville from 10:00 to 16:00. Walks will also be welcome there. Those who need help with registration or transportation can call 608-352-6727.
Firefighters from the town of Beloit will give vaccines at the Church of the Nations in Beloit on May 6 from 9:00 to 14:00. Registration is required by phone 608-364-5711. More information can be found here.
Those interested in a vaccine in Rock County can find more information here.
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