Where are we at with Covid-19? (See graphs below article).
The fourth wave of the pandemic has peaked overall in the U.S. and new daily cases of Covid-19 and hospitalizations have been in a downward trend since early September. Deaths, which tend to be about two weeks behind cases, have declined since mid-September. It remains to be seen if this trend continues as cold weather drives people indoors, and vaccine immunity wanes.
In Wisconsin, however, new cases and hospitalizations have remained stubbornly high since early August. The state is currently averaging nearly 3,000 new cases per day. As of October 6, there were 1,119 hospitalized, with 309 in ICUs. Deaths in the state have been rivaling early pandemic numbers, with an average 13 deaths per day for the past seven days.
In Sheboygan County, October 7 saw the highest number of cases since last January, with 778 active cases reported. October 6 marked the first new Covid-19 death reported since September 14, for a cumulative total of 156. There are 17 currently hospitalized. There have been four new cases reported in the Village of Kohler in the past seven days.
As for vaccinations, there are 56.6% fully vaccinated in the United Sates, 56.9% in Wisconsin, and 53.2% in Sheboygan County.
Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech announced they have made a formal request to the Food and Drug Administration to extend emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 5 to 11. If approved, health experts say the vaccine could be available for that age group by early November.
Drugmakers Merck and Pfizer are preparing to report clinical trial results for experimental COVID-19 antiviral pills and could seek emergency approval this year. These pills suppress the virus after a person is already infected, much as Tamiflu does with the flu virus. Studies have shown the pills prevented half of severe coronavirus infections among people with high risk factors that would otherwise have sent them to the hospital.