Wisconsin COVID-19: WI reports 2,790 new coronavirus cases, 49 deaths

]Wisconsin Senate poised to pass COVID-19 relief package
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin health officials on Tuesday reported 2,790 new COVID-19 cases and 49 deaths.

In total, the state has seen 511,136 COVID-19 cases and 5,211 deaths related to the virus, since the pandemic began.

Wisconsin's seven-day percent positive by test is 9.7%.

Police, firefighters to get vaccine next in Wisconsin

State health officials say police and firefighters in Wisconsin will be eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine starting Jan. 18.

Gov. Tony Evers estimates in a letter made public on Monday that members of the general public won't be vaccinated until June.

Wisconsin Senate poised to pass COVID-19 relief package

The Wisconsin Senate is set to pass a pared-down COVID-19 relief package.

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Republican legislative leaders have been trying to hammer out a compromise package for weeks to no avail.

Assembly Republicans passed a bill last week, but Evers opposes it.

In or out? Subcommittee mulls over vaccine distribution plan

A state committee looking into COVID-19 shots says it might open vaccinations to people 70 and older and limited groups of essential workers once most health care workers and nursing home residents are immunized.

Members of a state vaccine committee have agreed on slight departures from federal guidelines, which call for moving next to ages 75 and older and more types of essential workers.

However, some disagreed on whether to add group home residents and prison and jail inmates.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that a vaccine distribution subcommittee that advises the state Department of Health Services may vote Tuesday on a plan for phase 1b, the next stage of vaccination.

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Wisconsin crosses half a million positive COVID-19 cases

Wisconsin has broken 500,000 positive cases of the coronavirus, two days after the state eclipse 5,000 dead.

Wisconsin's death count is the 22nd highest in the country overall and the 32nd highest per capita at 94 deaths per 100,000 people.

Over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new cases has decreased by 170, a drop of 5.6%.
The two-week average of new cases has been rising for the past two weeks after a gradual decrease following a peak in mid-November.

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WLS-TV contributed to this report
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