COVID-19 Updates: St. Croix County Contact Tracing, Pierce County Vaccines and River Falls School Cancellations | News – Community News

COVID-19 Updates: St. Croix County Contact Tracing, Pierce County Vaccines and River Falls School Cancellations | News

There will be no school, in-person or remote, on Monday, November 22 and Tuesday, November 23 in the River Falls School District.

“Since the start of the school year, we have seen a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases, as well as greater staff shortages due to illness and a shortage of replacements,” Chief Superintendent Jamie Benson said in a letter to parents. He cited three main reasons for the cancellations:

1. Reduce the transmission rates of COVID-19

To create a nine-day chance, potentially reducing the current transmission rate of COVID-19. “In the first two weeks of November, we have as many students and employees as we have COVID cases in all of October,” Benson wrote in the letter. “Our community numbers are also very high.”

2. Prevent staff shortages

“To avoid expected staff shortages and a lack of replacement staff,” the letter reads. “In the first two weeks of November, we had 31 open teaching positions and 49 unfilled support staff positions due to COVID mitigation measures and other illnesses. As we monitor trends and project expected absences, there is a growing trajectory of concerns about our ability to suitable staff buildings in the near future.

3. Deep Cleansing

Buses and facilities are thoroughly cleaned during the two-day school cancellation.

St. Croix County has reported 597 positive cases of COVID-19 in the first seven days of November 2021. The province has an average of more than 85 cases a day, a level we haven’t reached since last year. Due to the high number of positive COVID-19 cases, St. Croix County Public Health may not be able to personally contact everyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within 48 hours. St. Croix County Public Health sends automated text, phone, and email alerts to residents who have tested positive and have not been contacted by Public Health. These automated alerts contain a link to more information about what to do after testing positive for COVID-19.

Automated email alerts are only sent from [email protected] Automated SMS or phone notifications are only sent from 715-246-8224

A member of our Public Health Department may contact you at a telephone number other than those listed above. To avoid possible scams, please do not respond to or click on links in messages asking for payment or financial information. Public Health contact tracers and messages will NOT ask you for money or payment, social security or bank account information. If you have any doubts about the legality of a message, please contact Public Health at the telephone number or email address listed above. You can find more information about what to do after you test positive on the St. Croix County website.

Late last week, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced its support for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation that children ages 5-11 receive the 2-dose pediatric version of the Pfizer vaccine ( 1/3 of the adult vaccine dose).

Pierce County Public Health (PCPH) and local pediatricians support this recommendation.

dr. Amber Morgan, a pediatrician in River Falls, says there are many really good reasons why parents should get a COVID-19 vaccine for their children.

“COVID-19 is in the top 10 causes of death for children in this age group. Now we have the opportunity to cross COVID-19 off that list. The Pfizer vaccine is safe and highly effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 in children,” Morgan said. “I recommend the Pfizer vaccine for my patients, and it’s what I do for my own children.”

About 8,300 children in this age group have been hospitalized nationwide due to COVID-19. About a third of children in this age group who were hospitalized because of COVID-19 had no underlying health conditions.

The vaccine is recommended for children who have previously had a COVID-19 infection because natural immunity is highly variable and the risk of reinfection after natural infection is two to five times higher than the risk of reinfection with vaccines.”

To help answer other questions many parents have, PCPH has developed a FAQ document that lists some of the most common parental concerns.

There are several options available locally to have your child vaccinated against COVID-19:

  • Talk to your pediatrician, family doctor, or pharmacist about the pediatric Pfizer vaccine.

  • Freeman Drug in River Falls will offer the pediatric Pfizer vaccine this month.

  • Pierce County will list the pediatric Pfizer in Ellsworth on Nov. 23. Appointments are available beginning Friday, Nov. 12 on the Pierce County website and by phone at 715-273-6755.

  • Other vaccination sites are listed at

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