COVID CORNER: News and updates pertaining to COVID-19
TINA L. SCOTT
• Lincoln County Health Department/Wisconsin National Guard free drive-through COVID-19 testing on Wednesdays at the Merrill Festival Grounds is now available to children ages 12 months and older. Previously, it was for ages five and older. Testing is from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and ends on March 10, 2021. All other details about the testing remains the same. Please note that anyone tested is required to stay home until test results come back.
• The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced the following groups of individuals will be eligible to receive the vaccine, in priority order, tentatively beginning March 1: indivduals involved in education and child care, individuals enrolled in Medicaid long-term care programs, some public-facing essential workers, non-frontline health care essential personnel, and facility staff and residents in congregate living settings. The date may change depending on vaccine availability.
• Last week, 69-year-old Gov. Tony Evers and his 70-year-old wife, Kathy, received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
• According to a press release from Gov. Tony Evers’ office on Friday, Feb. 12, 11.5 percent of Wisconsinites have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
• The Society of Breast Imaging recommends waiting at least 4-6 weeks after receiving a COVID vaccine before scheduling a routine mammogram. Some patients may experience enlarged or swollen lymph nodes after receiving the vaccine, which could hinder an accurate mammogram reading.