Cases of COVID-19 in the North Woods have continued falling in recent weeks with both Vilas and Oneida county health departments reporting no new infections last week.

More good news followed as the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) decreased Oneida County’s case activity levels from high to medium between May 19 and June 1, although Vilas County held steady with a high case activity level.

Vilas County Public Health Department reported two more deaths in the county — one on June 1 and a second on June 3 — bringing the count to 45. As of June 3, there were 23 active cases in the county.

In an update provided by the Oneida County Health Department on June 4, only three people are in self-isolation in Oneida County and there have been 71 confirmed deaths.



Vaccinations

Vaccinations are well underway across the state with more than 5.2 million doses administered so far, according to DHS data updated June 4. 

In Vilas County, 51.7% of the population, or 11,479 residents, have received their first dose and 46.9% are now fully vaccinated. Oneida County has seen 52.7%, or 18,776 of its residents receive the first dose and 48.7%, or 17,339 residents fully vaccinated. Statewide, 48.2% of the population — more than 2.8 million people — have received the first dose, DHS figures show.

Oneida County Health Department is offering in-house community walk-in clinics every other Thursday from now through July 1 for anyone 18 and older. Both Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines will be available.

Appointments are preferred but not required, and walk-ins are welcome.

To schedule online, visit bookochd.timetap.com/#/. The online booking option is available 24/7, but appointments will fill up quickly so early registration is encouraged. 

Those who don’t have internet access or have difficulty booking online can call (715) 401-4150 Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to reserve an appointment.

Face masks must be worn by those receiving the vaccine at these clinics.