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The novel coronavirus does not appear to threaten the nation’s blood supply — as long as standard screening protocols are followed, according to a new study by the National Institutes of Health.
“The study hopes to reassure donors reluctant to give blood because they were previously infected with COVID-19,” Shamane Mills reports for WPR — and it comes at time of year when fewer people are tending to give blood.
Researchers analyzed nearly 18,000 pools of blood — representing nearly 258,000 single blood donations across six American metropolitan regions. They concluded that the likelihood of a transfusion recipient receiving blood with trace amounts of the coronavirus was just .001%, or about 1 in 100,000. That chance was insignificant compared to the risks of infection through airborne transmission, the study found.
Colleges say students must get a COVID vaccine. But no, not that one. — The New York Times
Dane County’s largest municipalities plan return to in-person public meetings — Wisconsin State Journal
Green Bay schools’ summer mask policy proposal: What to know before Monday’s vote — Green Bay Press-Gazette
Data to Note
Here’s a look at the Department of Health Services’ vaccine dashboard, which showed Monday that 48.5% of Wisconsinites have received at least one vaccine dose, including 83.5% of those ages 65 and older. Meanwhile, 43% of Wisconsinites are fully vaccinated, including 79.7% 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.
On Monday, the state DHS reported a seven-day average of 119 new daily infections, continuing a long-term downward trend in new cases. The state also reported one new COVID-19 death, bringing the full toll to 7,161.
This Wisconsin Hospital Association chart shows that COVID-19 hospitalizations are also trending downward.
Find a vaccine site near you
DHS and the federal government have partnered with Vaccine Finder to help Wisconsinites find vaccinations. Vaccinations are often by appointment, but providers are increasingly offering walk-in options. In addition, people seeking COVID-19 shots can text their ZIP code to 438829 to find nearby vaccine providers.
Not sure if something you heard about COVID-19 is true? FactCheck.org offers this page full of explainers — and debunking of common distortions — about the disease to help you sort out fact from fiction.
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