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Today we highlight our examination of higher COVID-19 risks for people living in multigenerational households.

The report by the Center for Public Integrity, with local reporting and data analysis by Wisconsin Watch’s Vanessa Swales, reveals that 13% of households in Wisconsin include multiple generations of adults, which increases their risk of contracting and spreading the virus. People of color — already at higher risk for the disease — also are more likely to live in such extended households, nationwide and in Wisconsin, data show.

Just a handful of states have formally recognized COVID-19’s threat to multigenerational households and prioritized them for vaccination. Wisconsin this month expanded vaccine eligibility to all state residents ages 16 and older, and it has funded programs to narrow the state’s wide racial disparities in COVID-19 vaccinations. But it is not among the states that prioritized multigenerational homes for vaccination.

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The Fuller family, back left, Arva, and her daughter Paege, and her son (not pictured) are three generations living under one roof in Mississippi. They spent a year worrying that one person could catch the coronavirus and share it with Paege’s grandparents who live nearby, Willie and Mildred Belt, at left. Courtesy of the Fuller family

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“Inside-the-home transmission is what has been killing so many older people of color.”

Dr. Ashish Jha, a leading global public health expert and dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, speaking to the Center for Public Integrity

“What you’re seeing there is exactly what we hoped and wanted to see: As really high rates of vaccinations happen, hospitalizations and death rates come down.”

Jodie Guest, a public health researcher at Emory University, speaking to the Wisconsin State Journal

Data to note

Click on the image above to see Wisconsin DHS COVID-19 vaccine data, which is updated daily.

Here’s a look at the Department of Health Services’ vaccine dashboard, which showed Tuesday that 42.3% of Wisconsinites have received at least once vaccine dose, including 74.1% of those ages 65 and older. Meanwhile, 31.9% of Wisconsinites are fully vaccinated, including 80.4% of those older than 65. Racial disparities persist in distributing vaccines. The shares of Black, Hispanic and Native American residents to receive a dose remain below that of white residents. 

Public health officials continue to urge Wisconsinites to wear masks and practice physical distancing until vaccinations are more widely distributed — particularly as more contagious virus variants spread. On Tuesday, the state DHS reported a seven-day average of 604 new cases, continuing a downward trend over the past two weeks. The state also reported a seven-day average of eight COVID-19 deaths, pushing the full toll to 6,773. 

WisContext offers this visualization:

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