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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.
Wisconsin’s multigenerational homes face higher COVID-19 risk — Center for Public Integrity/Wisconsin Watch
Wisconsin not saying how many fully vaccinated residents have acquired COVID-19 — Wisconsin State Journal
COVID-19 vaccine supply exceeds demand in Kenosha County — Kenosha News
Pandemic imperiled non-English speakers more than others — Kaiser Health News
SSM Health brings COVID-19 vaccine to Fourth Ward — Janesville Gazette
Data to note
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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Skylight turns children’s words into songs about year of COVID-19 pandemic and other upheavals — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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