EagleHerald Staff Writer

MARINETTE—Public Health Officer Molly Bonjean said Wednesday that the COVID-19 case numbers in Marinette County are dropping.

“Overall in the State of Wisconsin, we’re in the medium level, so that’s great. We were previously at high. When we look at our cases per day, we’re averaging about two cases per day,” she said. “That’s still two too many, but we’re going in the right direction.”

Bonjean said the number of hospitalizations for COVID is shrinking across Wisconsin. In the northeast part of the state, she said 74% of hospital and ICU beds are in use, with about 11% of ventilators in use.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Bonjean said Marinette County has had 4,709 total cases of COVID as of Tuesday with 73 total deaths, meaning roughly 1.5% of cases in the county have been fatal. She said the county’s worst period for new cases was right before Thanksgiving, with a few spikes in late October and early November.

“We are at about 49% of Wisconsin residents who have received one dose of the vaccine. We’re also keeping an eye on the 12-15 and the 16-17 age groups; those were the groups added most recently. In the state of Wisconsin, 22% of the 12 to 15-year-olds have been vaccinated,” she said.

In Marinette County, about 40% have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Bonjean said the younger age groups are lagging behind the rest of the state. “We did just have a vaccination clinic in Crivitz on Saturday. It was targeted at the kids at the school, but it was also open to parents and the general community. This Saturday there’s going to be one at Grace Lutheran Church, right across the street from Pembine’s school, and they’re carrying the Pfizer vaccine for that,” she said.