COVID-19 risk gaps between vaxxed and unvaxxed even larger in Dane Co.

Published: Sep. 17, 2021 at 10:24 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 17, 2021 at 7:51 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The gap in COVID-19 hospitalization and death rates between those who are fully vaccinated and those who are not for people living in Dane Co. roughly doubles – at least – what is being seen in the rest of the state, new numbers from the county health department show.

According to the latest Public Health Madison & Dane Co. figures, someone who is not fully vaccinated is 21 times more likely to be hospitalized because of the coronavirus and 20 times more likely to die from COVID-19 complications than someone who has received all their doses and waited the required two-weeks afterwards.

On Wednesday, the Dept. of Health Services revealed the statewide rates and found unvaccinated individuals were approximately 8.5 times more likely to end up in the hospital because of the virus and nearly 11 times more likely to die.

“Even though we see breakthroughs happening, even though we know people who are vaccinated can still get COVID, the rates being so much lower and the effects of severe outcomes being so much more minimal, I do think the power of vaccine remains very strong,” Katarina Grande, COVID Data Team Lead with Public Health Madison and Dane County said.

The risk of simply contracting COVID-19 for those not fully vaccinated grows in Dane Co. as well. Statewide, an unvaccinated individual was around four times more likely to test positive for the virus, while within Dane Co., they were five times more at risk.

DANE CO. (Sept. 16)
Fully Vaccinated322.54.00.5
Not Fully Vaccinated1,566.284.98.9
WISCONSIN (Sept. 16)
Fully Vaccinated360.711.51.1
Not Fully Vaccinated1,413.798.511.7

Notably, the case rate per 100,000 for vaccinated individuals in the county was lower in the state average. The rate for those not fully vaccinated was higher than what the state saw.

Hospitalization and death rates were significantly lower for both groups - drastically so for vaccinated individuals. Those who are fully vaccinated in Dane Co. were less than half as likely to end up in the hospital or die from COVID-19, the agencies’ data show.

Dane Co. continues to lead the state in vaccination rates, with more than 70 percent of residents having completed their vaccine series. When only counting those who are allowed to get the vaccine that number jumps to 8 in 10 who are fully vaccinated.

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