Portage County reporting breakthrough COVID-19 case data
For the Gazette
PORTAGE COUNTY – Portage County is now reporting breakthrough COVID-19 infection data which will be updated weekly on Fridays and will represent cumulative breakthrough cases through the previous week. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, “Fully vaccinated people who test positive for COVID-19 more than 2 weeks after their completed vaccine dose series are called breakthrough infections.”
As of Oct. 7, 2021, data show that the rate of COVID-19 breakthrough infections represented 1.2 percent of all residents who have completed the vaccination series, or just 432 cases out of 35,997 people fully vaccinated. This shows strong evidence that the vaccine is working and
provides excellent protection from COVID-19.
In recent weeks, breakthrough infections in Portage County have increased, likely due to prevalent COVID-19 variants, such as Delta.
However, approximately 75 percent of current infections are occurring among unvaccinated individuals. Additionally, data clearly shows being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 offers strong protection against severe disease resulting in hospitalization or death.
“While the COVID-19 vaccines currently approved for administration and emergency use authorization do not offer 100 percent efficacy, they do offer an additional layer of protection. Fully vaccinated individuals report fewer and milder symptoms of COVID-19 disease if they become infected. Also, fewer fully vaccinated individuals require hospitalization as a part of recovery, compared to individuals who are unvaccinated”, said Gary Garske, Portage County Health Officer.
Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 prevents severe illness, hospitalization, and death; it also helps reduce the spread of the virus in communities. High vaccination coverage will not only reduce the spread of the virus, but also help prevent new, and possibly more concerning, variants from emerging. Vaccination is the best way to protect you, your family, and your community. You are the most important part of stopping this pandemic.
To find a vaccination location near you visit vaccines.govor call 211.