By Mary Struck, Publisher/Editor
With only 53% of Sheboygan County residents currently vaccinated and mask requirements lifted over the summer, the county is experiencing a resurgence of Covid-19 just before the start of the new school year. As of this printing there are 422 active cases in Sheboygan County, with 11 hospitalized.
The Village of Kohler and the Kohler School District, however, have the highest vaccination rates and lowest new cases in the county.
The United States has been experiencing new cases in rates not seen since January, with ICUs full in some states. The highly contagious Delta variant has caused surges in the nation’s youth, and is the dominant virus in Wisconsin accounting for 98% of samples tested, according to the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene.
Deaths have remained fairly low in the state and county, though nationwide, deaths have climbed to levels rivaling early spring statistics.
According to the Wisconsin DHS website, the Village of Kohler vaccination rate is at 69.8%, with 1,628 residents receiving at least one dose. (Town of Sheboygan area has the second highest at 60%). The Kohler School District shows a vaccination rate of 64.6% receiving at least one dose. (Sheboygan Falls is second at 57.0%).
As for new cases, the Kohler School District has reported two in the past seven days, also the lowest in the County. Oostburg is second lowest with six, while Sheboygan is the highest at 105.
Kohler is currently listed in the “Moderate” category and as of this printing, masks are only recommended in Kohler School facilities.