Wisconsin will launch a mobile vaccination program Tuesday, Jan. 19, according to a news release from Gov. Tony Evers' office.

“It has always been our goal to get folks vaccinated as quickly, safely, and equitably as possible,” Evers said in the statement. “These mobile vaccination teams are going to help us do just that by continuing to expand vaccine distribution across our state, leveraging partnerships and our best resources to meet folks where they are in their own communities.”

The program is a collaboration among the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Wisconsin National Guard, and local health partners.

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It will include nine vaccination teams who will be staffed by national guard, pharmacy or nursing student volunteers. All volunteers will complete safety training, the statement said. University of Wisconsin System students who volunteer will receive a $500 tuition credit.

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Officials intend to scale up the program to support vaccination of people who fall into phase 1A, phase 1B, and beyond.

COVID-19 testing opportunities

There will be three drive-thru COVID-19 testing clinics held in Superior through the end of February, the Douglas County Public Health Department announced Friday. Each clinic will be held in a garage at the Amsoil Distribution Center, 1101 Susquehanna Ave., Superior.

  • Friday, Jan. 29, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday Feb. 26, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wisconsin residents 5 years old and older with any symptoms of COVID-19 are eligible to receive a test free of charge. Symptoms include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches, headache, loss of taste, loss of smell, fatigue, nausea and diarrhea. People who are asymptomatic but who have had close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 are also eligible, a news release said.

People who attend can register for a test in advance by visiting https://register.covidconnect.wi.gov and will receive a QR code via email. They should print the email out and bring it with them to the drive-thru testing event or pull up the email on their smartphones when they arrive at the testing site, a news release said.

The testing site moved to a sheltered location due to the weather. People should access Susquehanna Avenue from Winter Street and remain in their vehicles for testing.

Those who test negative for COVID-19 will receive a secure email link to the result. People who test positive will receive a call from contact tracing staff, and they should answer their phones or respond to voicemails, the news release said.

Cases in Northwestern Wisconsin

A total of 69 Northwestern Wisconsin residents tested positive for COVID-19, DHS reported Friday.

They were reported as follows: 27 in Douglas County; 12 in Washburn County; eight in Sawyer County; seven in Taylor County; six in Price County; and three each in Ashland, Burnett and Rusk counties. There were no new cases reported in Iron County.

Officials reduced the number of cases in Bayfield County by one Friday. They have said they will correct errors in the data when they find them.

The new cases were among 2,269 reported Friday, bringing the total statewide to 518,251. The seven-day average of positive cases was 2,319 cases, a figure that has been dropping.

One resident of Taylor County died from complications related to COVID-19, DHS said Friday. Their death brings the total in the county to 15 since the pandemic began. They were among 32 deaths reported statewide Friday, DHS said. The total number of Wisconsinites who have died from COVID-19 is 5,322. Overall, 1% of those who have contracted the virus have died.

The number of negative tests in the state was 2,427,631, an increase of 5,771 from the previous day.

An additional 119 people were hospitalized because of the virus Friday. Across the state, 953 people are currently hospitalized because of COVID-19. The total number of people receiving treatment in intensive care units is 227. DHS reported that 83% of the state's available hospital beds are occupied. Overall, 4% of Wisconsinites who contracted the virus have been hospitalized.

Friday's report also showed that 94% of the people who have tested positive for the virus have recovered. That means 5%, or 27,611 cases, are currently active.

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

Ashland County

  • Active cases: 43
  • Deaths: 16
  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Total cases: 1,077
  • Total negative tests: 6,227

Bayfield County

  • Active cases: 47
  • Deaths: 18
  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Total cases: 986
  • Total negative tests: 6,057

Burnett County

  • Active cases: 39
  • Deaths: 23
  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Total cases: 1,055
  • Total negative tests: 5,477

Douglas County

  • Active cases: 233
  • Deaths: 17
  • Probable deaths: 13
  • Total cases: 3,347
  • Total negative tests: 16,461

Iron County

  • Active cases: 14
  • Deaths: 19
  • Probable deaths: 17
  • Total cases: 440
  • Total negative tests: 2,299

Price County

  • Active cases: 31
  • Deaths: 6
  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Total cases: 1,002
  • Total negative tests: 4,949

Rusk County

  • Active cases: 43
  • Deaths: 14
  • Probable deaths: 1
  • Total cases: 1,183
  • Total negative tests: 4,426

Sawyer County

  • Active cases: 41
  • Deaths: 17
  • Probable deaths: 0
  • Total cases: 1,314
  • Total negative tests: 7,440

Taylor County

  • Active cases: 65
  • Deaths: 15
  • Probable deaths: 7
  • Total cases: 1,689
  • Total negative tests: 5,250

Washburn County

  • Active cases: 62
  • Deaths: 15
  • Probable deaths: 2
  • Total cases: 1,140
  • Total negative tests: 5,698

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