Waukesha County

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Mar
10

Criminal Justice Collaborating Council Pretrial Committee

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Criminal Justice Collaborating Council Pretrial Committee

Where: INTERESTED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MEETING VIA ZOOM. TO JOIN THE MEETING, CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK:https://wicourts.zoom.us/j/98293087928 Meeting ID: 982 9308 7928

When: 03/10/2021 12:00 PM

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Mar
10

Community Development Block Grant Board

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Community Development Block Grant Board

Where: This meeting will be held via the Microsoft Teams application and will be open to the public. To join the meeting: Dial 414-435-2078• Enter Conference ID#: 911 332 174

When: 03/10/2021 3:00 PM

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Mar
10

Board of Adjustment

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Board of Adjustment

Where: To join the meeting by connecting Microsoft Teams go to: http://www.waukeshacounty.gov/planningandzoning To join the meeting by telephone: Dial (414) 435-2078 Conference ID#: 956 334 640#

When: 03/10/2021 6:30 PM

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Mar
11

Public Health Advisory Committee

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Public Health Advisory Committee

Where: Interested members of the public are encouraged to participate in the meeting via Microsoft Teams. To participate via Telephone: Dial: 1-414-435-2078, 454901472# Conference ID: 454 901 472#

When: 03/11/2021 8:00 AM

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Mar
11

Workforce Development Board

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Workforce Development Board

Where: Virtual Meeting via Microsoft Teams Phone: 414 435-2078; Phone Conference ID: 678 192 306#

When: 03/11/2021 8:00 AM

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IN THE NEWS

Waukesha County and its healthcare partners will continue to focus COVID-19 vaccination efforts on the 65 and older population until at least 60% of t...

Waukesha County Will Focus on Vaccination of 65+ Population as Eligibility Expands, Will Partner with State to Administer Vaccines to Educators


Waukesha County and its healthcare partners will continue to focus COVID-19 vaccination efforts on the 65 and older population until at least 60% of the individuals in this group have had access to at least one dose of vaccine.

 

Although the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has announced that new groups will be eligible to be vaccinated on March 1, the State has emphasized that vaccine providers should prioritize previously eligible groups before newer groups. Both State and County plans do not anticipate vaccine becoming available to additional groups until mid-March.

 

65+ Vaccination Progress

As of today Friday, February 26, 49.9% of Waukesha County’s 65 and older population have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. At the current rate of vaccination, Waukesha County anticipates reaching the 60% threshold in mid-March. 

 

By the time the 60% threshold is met for vaccinating older adults, Waukesha County anticipates having an increased vaccine supply. This will allow the County to begin vaccinating educators while maintaining steady access to vaccine for the 65 and older population. 

 

Vaccinating Educators 

While educators will be eligible to be vaccinated starting March 1, the State of Wisconsin will not begin allocating vaccine doses for educators until March 15. Waukesha County, in collaboration with school district leadership, is providing DHS with the number of vaccine doses needed for local educators.  DHS will set aside a forecasted amount of vaccine just for educators and will determine which districts or schools will prioritized for vaccination. Waukesha County Public Health does not have the authority to deviate from DHS’ prioritized allocations. 

 

Waukesha County Public Health is working directly with public and private schools to coordinate vaccination efforts. Educators should wait to hear from their school or district to learn when vaccine appointments will be available to them.

 

When Other Eligible Groups Can Anticipate Access to Vaccine 

Wisconsin DHS estimates that additional eligible groups, such as essential workers and people living in congregate settings will be able to access vaccine as soon as April. However, access to vaccination is based on the vaccine supply, and these estimated timeframes could change. 

 

A list of current eligible  groups and the State’s estimate of when many of them may be able to access vaccine in the State of Wisconsin is available here

 

If members of eligible groups can access vaccination opportunities through their healthcare provider or a local pharmacy, they are encouraged to take advantage of those opportunities.  

Residents Can Sign Up for Weekly Vaccination Updates
Waukesha County residents can sign up to receive a weekly communication about COVID-19 and vaccination information. These updates will go out every Thursday, after the Vaccine Data tab on Waukesha County’s COVID-19 dashboard is updated. Residents can sign up by texting WAUKESHA to the number 22828 or by visiting www.waukeshacounty.gov/COVID19

Waukesha County continues assisting organizations that are interested in becoming registered vaccinators. Organizations that want to be connected to vaccine or help with the vaccination effort can find more information at www.waukeshacounty.gov/covidvaccine

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On Wednesday, February 10, 2021 the Waukesha County Expo Center community vaccination clinic will administer 1,000 COVID-19 vaccines to eligible indiv...

Waukesha County Expo Center Community Vaccination Clinic Administers 1,000 Vaccines on First Day


(Waukesha, WI) – On Wednesday, February 10, 2021 the Waukesha County Expo Center community vaccination clinic will administer 1,000 COVID-19 vaccines to eligible individuals on its first full day of independent operations. On Monday the clinic administered 328 vaccines in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ mobile vaccination unit.  

“Waukesha County is vaccinating our public as quickly and safely as possible,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “Our biggest limitation is access to vaccines. However, supply is increasing, and our operations are designed to grow along with it. Waukesha County has more than 70 registered vaccinators who are ready to join this historic community effort when the vaccine arrives.”   

Individuals being vaccinated today are a combination of all eligible groups, as defined by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS). In the near future, vaccination at clinics in Waukesha County are expected to fully shift operations to individuals 65 and older as Phase 1A vaccination nears completion. 

While the site has the capacity to administer 7,000 vaccines per week, operations are scheduled according to the number of doses of vaccine available. When vaccine supplies grow, the clinic will aim to complete 10,000 vaccinations per week. Vaccinations at the county-run clinic are only available to individuals who receive the county’s vaccine update email and have been contacted to register and schedule an appointment. The site will not be open for “drop in” clients. 

When the state opens vaccination to additional eligible groups, the Expo Center will serve as a central point to conduct coordinated vaccination of those populations. Healthcare partners will also continue to vaccinate eligible individuals who are connected to Waukesha County healthcare organizations. 

Residents Can Sign Up for Weekly Vaccination Updates 

Waukesha County residents can sign up to receive a weekly communication about COVID-19 and vaccination information. These updates will go out every Thursday, after the Vaccine Data tab on Waukesha County’s COVID-19 dashboard is updated. Residents can sign up by texting WAUKESHA to the number 22828 or by visiting www.waukeshacounty.gov/COVID19.  

Waukesha County continues assisting organizations that are interested in becoming registered vaccinators. Organizations that want to be connected to vaccine or help with the vaccination effort can find more information at www.waukeshacounty.gov/covidvaccine

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Waukesha County has reached a milestone in its vaccination efforts. As of Wednesday, February 3, more doses of vaccine have been administered to resid...

Waukesha County Reaches Vaccine Milestone: More Vaccines Administered Than Total COVID-19 Cases in the County


Waukesha County has reached a milestone in its vaccination efforts. As of Wednesday, February 3, more doses of vaccine have been administered to residents to protect them against COVID-19 than have been documented as infected with the virus.

 

“We are still early in the vaccination process, but we should recognize our successes as they occur,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “We expect to meet more milestones at an increasing pace in the days and weeks ahead. Waukesha County is growing its network of vaccination sites, with the Expo Center opening next week, and more than 70 registered vaccinators who will be able to assist in this historic effort once more vaccine becomes available.”

 

As of today, 43,752 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Waukesha County residents. 33,815 of the doses were administered as a resident’s first shot of vaccine. 9,919 doses were administered as second shots. 18 doses were considered invalid. The total number of COVID-19 cases confirmed in Waukesha County throughout the pandemic is 39,376 cases. Waukesha County’s vaccination data is sourced directly from the Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR). This information is updated weekly on the Waukesha County COVID-19 dashboard at www.waukeshacounty.gov/covid19.

 

Vaccines in Waukesha County have been administered by a network of vaccination sites, including healthcare partners, fire departments, and Waukesha County Public Health. This scalable, community-based strategy leverages existing healthcare, emergency, educational, and business partners to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine in a safe and efficient manner. This framework allows Waukesha County Public Health to maintain its existing COVID-19 mitigation efforts while building a county-wide network of sites.   

 

Residents Can Sign Up for Weekly Vaccination Updates

Waukesha County residents can sign up to receive a weekly communication about COVID-19 and vaccination information. These updates will go out every Thursday, after the Vaccine Data tab on Waukesha County’s COVID-19 dashboard is updated. Residents can sign up by texting WAUKESHA to the number 22828 or by visiting www.waukeshacounty.gov/COVID19.

 

Connecting Unaffiliated Providers to Vaccine

Waukesha County continues to match unaffiliated healthcare providers, like dentists and home healthcare professionals, with hospitals, pharmacies, the consortium of fire departments in Waukesha County and other organizations that have registered to vaccinate. Waukesha County is also assisting organizations that are interested in becoming registered vaccinators. Organizations that want to be connected to vaccine or help with the vaccination effort can find more information at www.waukeshacounty.gov/covidvaccine.

 

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On Monday, February 8, 2021 the Waukesha County Expo Center will open as a community vaccination clinic, expanding the network of sites that currently...

Waukesha County Expo Center Added to County's Network of Vaccination Clinics


(Waukesha, WI) – On Monday, February 8, 2021 the Waukesha County Expo Center will open as a community vaccination clinic, expanding the network of sites that currently include area hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and fire stations. The Center will initially complete vaccination of Phase 1A healthcare workers and emergency responders, and certain members of the Phase 1B group as identified by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS). The Center is not open to the public at this time.

 

Vaccinations will only be available to individuals who have been invited to register and schedule an appointment. The site will not be open for “drop in” by members of the public. Individuals 65 or older should work with their primary caregiver to receive vaccine.

 

“Although there is not yet enough vaccine for everyone who is eligible, supply will gradually begin to increase,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “Expanding our network of vaccination sites means we’ll be able to scale our operation to meet the high demand in our community as access to vaccine grows. Vaccination is the key to beating this pandemic, and Waukesha County is committed to a safe, efficient process to protect our residents.”

 

The Waukesha County Expo Center Community Vaccination Clinic

The opening of the Waukesha County Expo Center site will shift vaccination of remaining Phase 1A healthcare workers, such as dentists, chiropractors, and home care providers, to a large, central location. The County’s fire department-based vaccination clinics will continue to operate in coordination with the new, larger site to focus on this group.

 

When the state opens vaccination to all Phase 1B individuals, the Expo Center will serve as a central point to conduct coordinated vaccination of essential personnel, such as 911 dispatchers, school staff, and other essential workers. It is anticipated the Expo Center will be available to the general population later in the year when the state moves into other phases of the vaccine rollout.

 

Waukesha County Public Health plans to administer 1,000 vaccines per day from this site through February, as vaccine supply allows. The County will expand operations at this location in March, with a goal of administering 1,500 vaccines per day, based upon availability.

 

Vaccination of Adults 65 and Older

Healthcare partners will continue to focus on vaccination of adults 65 and older, as the majority of those individuals are already connected to one of Waukesha County’s healthcare organizations.

 

Additional vaccination opportunities will be available in the future. Waukesha County currently has dozens of registered vaccinators who are preparing to take part in this process once access to vaccine grows.

 

Residents Can Sign Up for Weekly Vaccination Updates

Waukesha County residents can sign up to receive a weekly communication about COVID-19 and vaccination information. These updates will go out every Thursday, after the Vaccine Data tab on Waukesha County’s COVID-19 dashboard is updated. Residents can sign up by texting WAUKESHA to the number 22828 or by visiting www.waukeshacounty.gov/COVID19.

 

Connected Unaffiliated Providers to Vaccine

Waukesha County continues to match unaffiliated healthcare providers, like dentists and home healthcare professionals, with hospitals, pharmacies, the consortium of fire departments in Waukesha County and other organizations that have registered to vaccinate.

 

This network will expand significantly as DHS provides final approval and access to vaccines to additional organizations in the weeks ahead. Waukesha County is also assisting organizations that are interested in becoming registered vaccinators. Organizations that want to be connected to vaccine or help with the vaccination effort can find more information at www.waukeshacounty.gov/covidvaccine.

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Starting on Monday, February 1, 2021, many Waukesha County residents who test positive for COVID-19 will receive either a text alert or email from Wau...

Waukesha County Public Health Launches New Digital Tool to Help Track COVID-19 Cases


(Waukesha, WI)-  Starting on Monday, February 1, 2021, many Waukesha County residents who test positive for COVID-19 will receive either a text alert or email from Waukesha County Public Health instead of a phone call. Text message notifications will come from the number “48355.”  

“This new system will have a significant impact on our ability to keep schools and businesses open by streamlining our contact tracing process,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “Not only will it simplify locating local cases of the virus, more people are likely to look at a text message than answer a phone call, so we expect to reach more people, as well.” 

When someone between the ages of 23 - 59 tests positive for COVID-19, they will be sent either a text message or an email link to an online, confidential form to complete as part of the contact tracing process. This age group is lower risk for getting seriously ill from or spreading the virus. Quarantine and isolation information will be available through links provided on the platform 

Waukesha County Public Health’s use of text alerts and emails are part of a plan that will allow elevated contact tracing efforts to continue through spring by reducing the number of staff needed to conduct contact tracing. Utilizing automated messaging also has the potential to reach people who are more likely to respond to a text message or an email than to answer a phone call. Individuals who do not respond to the text message may receive a follow up phone call or a letter from Public Health. 

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 who are 60 and older or who are 22 and younger will continue to receive follow-up calls by disease investigators. Waukesha County’s contact tracing process will continue to engage schools and long-term care facilities in partnership to assist in contact tracing cases in those facilities. 

The text messages are hosted by Patient Education Genius (PEG), a healthcare technology company that specializes in building interoperable mobile-first engagement solutions. More information about PEG is available at www.patienteducationgenius.com/ 

Waukesha County remains committed to the health and wellbeing of the citizens in the county and continues to work diligently to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. More information on the Waukesha County COVID-19 response is available at www.waukeshacounty.gov/covid19. You may follow County Executive Farrow on Twitter at @WaukeshaCoExec or on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/CountyExecutivePaulFarrow/.