DHS Weekly COVID-19 Response and Vaccination Newsletter

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COVID-19 Response and Vaccination Update

Weekly Update: February 5, 2021

  • We are excited to announce that more than 1 in 4 Wisconsinites over the age of 65 have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Thank you to all of our staff, vaccinators, public health, and everyone working in Wisconsin to get shots into arms.
  • Yesterday, Gov. Tony Evers signed Executive Order #105 and Emergency Order #1 establishing a statewide public health emergency and requiring face coverings in public places to protect the health and safety of Wisconsinites.

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Protect yourself from variants

Learn more about how you stop the spread.


Quarantine Periods

Wondering how long you need to quarantine?

A 10 or 7-day quarantine may be an option as explained below, but you should continue to wear a mask, keep 6 feet apart, and avoid social gatherings for the full 14 days.

  • 10-day quarantine may end if you have not developed any symptoms. Continue to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 until the 14th day after your last close contact.
  • 7-day quarantine may end if you have not developed any symptoms and have a negative test result (PCR or antigen) collected on day 6 or 7 (within 48 hours of the end of quarantine). Continue to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 until the 14th day after your last close contact.

A 10 or 7-day quarantine period may not apply in some circumstances or settings. Check with your local health department, employer, or institution for applicable quarantine requirements.
This information and other questions related to quarantine periods is also available in these handouts:

At-Home Testing Kits Available

Everyone who lives in Wisconsin has the ability to request an at-home collection kit to test for COVID-19. There is no cost and you do not need to have symptoms to take the test. This service delivers the kit to your home, allows you to collect a saliva sample in the virtual presence of a licensed health care professional over Zoom, and then drop the collection kit at a UPS drop-off location. Learn more about this service and how to request a collection kit.

Today's Vaccine Distribution Summary

Check out the latest data about Wisconsin's progress in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and vaccinating Wisconsinites. We update the allocation, ordered, and in transit data every Tuesday and update the administered data daily at 2 p.m.

  • Allocated: 986,275 doses
  • Ordered: 770,700 doses
  • In transit: 129,550 doses
  • Administered: 702,091 doses

Note: “Allocated” is the total number of all COVID-19 vaccine doses made available to Wisconsin by the federal government but may not be available to order because they include doses allocated for the federal Pharmacy Partnership Program.

COVID-19 by the Numbers

Check out our COVID-19 data pages after 2 p.m. to get the latest details about the impact of COVID-19 in Wisconsin.

Wisconsinites who can get the COVID-19 vaccine

Where we are now

Wisconsin is currently vaccinating the following eligible populations:

  • Frontline health care workers
  • Nursing home and assisted living residents and staff
  • Police, fire department, and correctional staff
  • Adults aged 65 and over

If you are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, the following resources are available on the DHS website:

Where we are going

DHS announced future groups tentatively eligible beginning March 1. Groups are being prioritized due to an increased risk of exposure or vulnerability to COVID-19 and are consistent with the recommendations from the State Disaster Medical Assistance Committee (SDMAC). The groups in priority order include:

  • Education and child care
  • Individuals enrolled in Medicaid long-term care programs
  • Some public-facing essential workers
  • Non-frontline essential health care personnel
  • Staff and residents in congregate living settings

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine eligibility.

COVID-19 Resources

Communicating in other languages

Other Languages, Graphics, and Print Materials

DHS materials are available in multiple languages as electronic files you can view online or download and print. You can use these materials at home or for your business. Visit the DHS website to view what resources are available to you.


Exposure Notification App

A reminder that the Wisconsin Exposure Notification app is available to download for free from the Google Play Store or enable in Settings on your iPhone. The more people who use the app, the faster we can stop the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin. The smartphone app uses Bluetooth Low Energy technology to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin. Once you activate the app, your phone exchanges anonymous signals with other phones that are near it for at least 15 minutes. If somebody who has the app tests positive for COVID-19, they can then send an alert using the app to those other phones. This will allow people who are close contacts to quickly get the care they need and avoid exposing others to the virus.

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Resilient Wisconsin

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. But taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with the changes you’re experiencing. People who have the skills to adapt and bounce back from hardships strengthen the people around them, and help make their community more resilient, too. Learn more about managing stress and adapting to change by visiting the Resilient Wisconsin webpage.

Media Briefings

  • Vaccine briefing from Tuesday, Feb. 2, with DHS Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk and Dr. Stephanie Schauer

Social Media

Follow DHS on social media for the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 response and vaccine rollout.


Looking for previous newsletters? To view past versions of this newsletter, visit the DHS website.