|4/15/2021 9:36:00 AM|
Public Health Emergency
COVID-19 Advisory issued April 5
Although the Wisconsin State Supreme Court struck down Gov. Tony Evers's mask mandate last week, the Iowa County Health Department still recommends that residents wear a mask, follow pandemic safety guidelines, and get vaccinated. A Public Health Emergency COVID-19 Advisory was issued Monday. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services also announced this week everyone in Wisconsin age 16 and up is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
Public health officers of the Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards, Southern Region, are issuing a Public Health Emergency COVID-19 Advisory asking citizens to continue the critical prevention measure of wearing a mask, Debbie Siegenthaler, ICHD director and WALHDAB chair, said. Public health officers stress that individuals should wear masks or face coverings that cover their mouth and nose when around non-household members, following current Wisconsin Department of Health Services and CDC guidance.
In general this means masking when around others who are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or are of unknown vaccination status. Please see https://www.cdc.gov/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html. Most importantly, businesses and schools can still require masks without a state order. For additional information visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-guidance.html, Siegenthaler said.
"The overturning of the state masking order March 31 by the State Supreme Court does not mean masking and social distancing are no longer important," Siegenthaler explained. "We all want to be done with this pandemic, but we need to hang on a little longer. One important measure we can take is wearing a mask. Iowa County residents have done a terrific job with prevention measures, including mask wearing, and we ask that they continue until we can get a larger percentage of folks vaccinated. We are doing great, but let's not stop now."
Health departments in southern Wisconsin issue this warning: Variant strains are arising and surrounding states are experiencing increasing case counts. By wearing masks and following pandemic safety measures, we can work toward having a much more enjoyable summer than was the case in 2020, Siegenthaler said.
Southern Wisconsin is making great progress in vaccination efforts. As of April 2, 2021, all counties in the southern region are approaching or have surpassed an important milestone: 30% of residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, Siegenthaler said.
"Everyone in Wisconsin ages 16 and older is eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine at no cost. Although everyone is eligible to get a vaccine, vaccine providers will prioritize previously eligible groups. Based on the amount of vaccine doses available, it will take time for everyone in Wisconsin to get vaccinated," DHS said.
Current facilities or pharmacies in Iowa County offering COVID-19 vaccines include the Iowa County Health Department, Upland Hills Health, Walgreens, Walmart, and Corner Drug Hometown Pharmacy. Some employers offer vaccinations at their job site.
Register for a vaccination through ICHD at https://www.iowacounty.org/ departments/COVID-19/VaccineInformation. Press the SignUpGenius icon and follow the prompts. If you have questions, email ICHD at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To receive COVID-19 vaccinations at Upland Hills Health, see https://uplandhillshealth.org/patient-visitors/covid-19/. Press the SignUpGenius icon and follow the prompts. If you have questions or don't have a computer, please call 608-930-7224 to leave a message. Someone will return your call.
Corner Drug Hometown Pharmacy at 316 W. Spring St., Dodgeville, offers COVID-19 vaccines when supplies are available. You must register to be on a waitlist. An associate from the pharmacy will call you to set up your vaccination appointment after a vaccine shipment has arrived, and it is your turn. If you do not have computer access, call 608-935-3661 for an associate to place you on the waitlist. See hometownpharmacyrx.com if you have a computer. Press "COVID-19 Vaccine" on the banner. A new screen comes up. Next, select Dodgeville as the location site. Last, complete the online registration form. For registrants who want to download and print a form, see the bottom of the page where locations are listed. Follow the prompt.
Walgreens pharmacies at 1133 N. Johns St., Dodgeville, 608-935-2041, and 675 S. Water St., 608-348-7611, Platteville, receive a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines. Websites were updating their COVID-19 vaccine information at press time. Try https://www.walgreens.com/topic/promotion/covid-vaccine.jsp to begin the registration process. You must have an account to sign up for a vaccination. Sign in to your account or create a new account online. Continue to follow the prompts, the website indicated. If you have questions, contact your pharmacy at Walgreens.
Walmart in Dodgeville began offering COVID-19 vaccinations last Saturday. Go to the website at https://www.walmart.com/store/847-dodgeville-wi. Enter "COVID vaccine" in the search bar. A new webpage appears that says "COVID-19 vaccines" and "schedule now." Press "schedule now" and either access the account you already have with Walmart or open an account. Follow the prompts.
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