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Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations in the County on the decline, deaths are up

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Covid-19 in Sheboygan County is mirroring state and national trends, with new cases and hospitalizations seeing a sharp decline since the end of January. Deaths have risen, however, but that is to be expected, as the trend nationwide shows deaths lagging behind surges. (See graphs below).

Statewide, there has been a sharp decline in cases, hospitalizations and deaths since around January 18.

Nationwide, new cases began a sharp decline around mid-January, but deaths increased until around February 3, after which they began to decline.

Given those trends, Sheboygan County could see a decline in deaths in the next week or two, providing there aren’t more surges.

There are currently 2152 active cases of Covid-19 in Sheboygan County (2,007 confirmed, 145 “probable”). There are 9 hospitalized, and deaths are at 241 confirmed, 35 probable, for a total of 276.

The White House’s top public health adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, told the Financial Times that the U.S. has almost reached the end of the “full blown” pandemic and could reach immunity levels sufficient to limit the spread of the virus soon. He said when that happens, local health agencies should feel comfortable ending mask mandates.

Leading UK scientists are warning that we shouldn’t let our guards down too much, as we could see future additional Covid-19 variants, and some may even be more lethal. They cautioned not to assume the virus is getting weaker because Omicron was milder than the Delta variant. They say the Omicron variant did not come from the Delta variant, it came from a completely different part of the virus’s family tree. And since we don’t know where in the virus’s family tree a new variant is going to come from, we cannot know how pathogenic it might be.

Yoshihiro Kawaoka, DVM, PhD, a virologist and professor of pathobiological sciences at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Veterinary Medicine is among scientists who have been chosen to work on a future universal vaccine that “will work on all coronaviruses and any variants,” he told Healthline. And the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said efforts to boost production of therapeutics for treating Covid-19 infections are underway.

 

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