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COVID-19 VACCINE

A small county in Tennessee for much of the past year has reported the highest COVID-19 vaccination rate in Tennessee and one of the highest in the South. If only it were true. The rate in Meigs County was artificially inflated by a data error that distorted most of Tennessee’s county-level vaccination rates by attributing tens of thousands of doses to the wrong counties, according to a KHN review of Tennessee’s vaccination data. When the Tennessee Department of Health quietly corrected the error last month, county rates shifted overnight, and Meigs County’s rate of fully vaccinated people dropped from 65% to 43%, which is below the state average and middling in the rural South.
The state Department of Health Services urges people to stay informed, test and stay home when sick.
The state health department reported 41 additional deaths since May 4.
The state Department of Health Services reported 21 additional deaths since April 27.

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State data shows 13 additional deaths since April 20, including two in Northwestern Wisconsin.
Two people in Douglas County were among 17 deaths DHS reported over the last week.
The number of hospitalizations climbed in the last week, but fewer patients were admitted to intensive care units, DHS reported.
The RECOVER study, which looks at ways COVID-19 spreads in communities, needs more frontline workers, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, to enroll.
The seven-day average of new cases in Wisconsin was 412 on Wednesday, up from 345 on March 30.
Fewer counties are reporting high rates of virus activity around the state, DHS reports.

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For individuals forgoing vaccination, the risks can include layoffs and ineligibility to collect unemployment, higher insurance premiums, or loss of academic scholarships. For employers, vaccine hesitancy can contribute to short-staffed workplaces.
Agency finds those without a booster had a 3-4 times greater risk of hospitalization than fully vaccinated, while those who were not vaccinated at all faced 12 times the risk of hospitalization.
Minnesota is reporting significantly fewer cases of COVID-19 in a week than it did on a typical day during the January omicron wave.

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