The first shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine was expected to arrive in Wisconsin Monday, Dec. 21, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

The Moderna vaccine received emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration last week. It is the second vaccine for COVID-19 that has been granted such authorization.

Julie Willems Van Dijk, deputy DHS secretary, said during a media briefing Monday that the state is expected to receive more than 100,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine this week.

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Unlike the Pfizer vaccine, which needs to be kept around minus 94 degrees to remain viable, the Moderna vaccine can be kept in regular freezers around minus 4 degrees, said Thomas Haupt, a research scientist and epidemiologist in the division of public health research.

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Because it can be kept in regular freezers, the Moderna vaccine will be used to inoculate employees and residents of skilled nursing facilities statewide, Willems Van Dijk said. Of the 100,000 doses the state is expected to receive this week, 29,000 have been set aside for skilled nursing facilities. Officials said vaccinations in long term care facilities will begin Monday, Dec. 28.

Gov. Tony Evers expressed frustration last week when the federal government informed state officials Wisconsin would receive a lower amount of Pfizer vaccine doses than was originally anticipated. Wisconsin was supposed to receive 50,000 doses in the second and subsequent weeks after the vaccine received emergency use authorization. That figure has since been lowered to 35,000 doses per week.

Willems Van Dijk said the way federal officials explained the miscommunication was that the initial 50,000 figure was for planning purposes and was not a final allocation.

In a statement released Monday, Evers said officials are working to get as many doses of the vaccine from the federal government as they can.

“While we do not have control over how much vaccine the federal government allocates to our state, I can promise that we are doing everything we can to ensure that our distribution is fair and equitable," he said.

Cases in Northwestern Wisconsin

An additional 57 residents of Northwestern Wisconsin tested positive for COVID-19, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported Monday, Dec. 21.

The new cases were reported as follows: 10 cases each in Douglas and Washburn counties; eight in Ashland County; seven in Rusk County; six in Sawyer County; five in Burnett County; four each in Price and Taylor counties; and three in Bayfield County. There were no new cases reported in Iron County.

The new cases were among 1,435 reported Monday, bringing the state's overall tally to 458,612, DHS said. The seven-day average of positive cases was 2,816, a figure that has been dropping since it reached a high of 6,563 cases on Nov. 18.

DHS secretary-designee Andrea Palm said during a media briefing last week that one reason for the drop in cases since Thanksgiving is less testing being done statewide.

A total of 8 deaths were reported statewide Monday. The total number of Wisconsinites who have died of COVID-19 is 4,425. Overall, 1% of those who have contracted the virus have died, DHS reported.

The number of negative tests in the state was 2,299,265, an increase of 5,067 from the previous day.

An additional 48 people were hospitalized because of the virus Monday. Across the state, 1,268 people are currently hospitalized because of COVID-19, a number that has been decreasing. The total number of people receiving treatment in intensive care units is 292. DHS reported that 81% of the state's available hospital beds are occupied. Overall, 4% of Wisconsinites who contracted the virus have been hospitalized.

Monday's report also showed that 91% of the people who have tested positive for the virus have recovered. That means 8%, or 35,498 cases, are currently active.

Here's the breakdown in the 10-county region:

Ashland County

  • Active cases: 94
  • Deaths: 14
  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Total cases: 951
  • Total negative tests: 5,863

Bayfield County

  • Active cases: 64
  • Deaths: 16
  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Total cases: 882
  • Total negative tests: 5,680

Burnett County

  • Active cases: 109
  • Deaths: 16
  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Total cases: 962
  • Total negative tests: 5,232

Douglas County

  • Active cases: 465
  • Deaths: 16
  • Probable deaths: 13
  • Total cases: 2,886
  • Total negative tests: 15,341

Iron County

  • Active cases: 27
  • Deaths: 10
  • Probable deaths: 10
  • Total cases: 406
  • Total negative tests: 2,208

Price County

  • Active cases: 32
  • Deaths: 4
  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Total cases: 890
  • Total negative tests: 4,708

Rusk County

  • Active cases: 68
  • Deaths: 11
  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Total cases: 1,061
  • Total negative tests: 4,202

Sawyer County

  • Active cases: 88
  • Deaths: 10
  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Total cases: 1,133
  • Total negative tests: 7,014

Taylor County

  • Active cases: 104
  • Deaths: 13
  • Probable deaths: 5
  • Total cases: 1,526
  • Total negative tests: 4,969

Washburn County

  • Active cases: 70
  • Deaths: 10
  • Probable deaths: 1
  • Total cases: 959
  • Total negative tests: 5,316

Visit the Douglas County COVID-19 dashboard or Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 page for updates.