The Kohler Villager News

COVID-19 pandemic one year later

On January 9, 2020, the World Health Organization announced that a mysterious coronavirus-related pneumonia was discovered in Wuhan, China. A little more than two months later, the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic. California was the first state in the U.S. to issue a stay-at-home order on March 19. As Wisconsin began to see dramatic increases in new cases and deaths throughout March, the state’s first stay-at-home order was issued on March 23. By that time, there were 33,404 cases and five deaths in Wisconsin.

Sheboygan County announced it’s first case of the virus on March 13, and the first death was reported on April 1.

As new cases surged in the United states and other parts of the world, Wisconsin was able to hold fairly steady throughout the summer. That ended dramatically in the fall, when new cases and deaths soared and remained high through most of the winter until mid-January, when cases finally started to decline. (See graphs at right).

On December 14, 2020, a Long Island nurse received the first COVID-19 vaccination to be administered in the United States. The first dose in Wisconsin was administered shortly thereafter.

President Biden said he would compel states and local governments to make all American adults eligible to sign up for Covid-19 vaccines by May 1, with a goal of allowing Americans to gather in relative normalcy by the July 4th holiday. As of this printing, approximately 21% of the U.S. population has received at least one dose of a vaccine, with about 2.4 million shots being administered per day. Wisconsin has also vaccinated about 21% of its population. In Sheboygan County, more than 23,000 residents (20%) have received a shot, with 10% completing their series. Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers said all Wisconsin residents are expected to be eligible to get the vaccination beginning May 1. For those with certain medical conditions, the vaccination date has been moved up a week earlier to March 22. For eligibility information, visit dhs.wisconsin.

Here are some statistics as of March 16, 2021
Total number of positive cases, hospitalizations and deaths:
Worldwide: 120 million cases; 2.66 million deaths
United States: 30.2 million cases; 548,248 deaths
Wisconsin: 569,932 cases; 6,536 deaths; 26,821 hospitalized
Sheboygan County: 13,070 cases; 132 deaths; 518 hospitalized
Village of Kohler: 132 cases (includes areas within school district boundary)
Kohler Schools: 44 total cases since September 1, 2020
Elementary: 10
Middle School: 7
High School: 16
Staff: 11