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This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), shows the appearance of the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19. Submitted / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

All Wisconsinites 16 and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday, April 5, Gov. Tony Evers announced on March 30.

Progress in vaccinating prior eligibility groups and a reliable vaccine supply led to the decision.

St. Croix County residents can register for vaccination through the county at sccwi.gov, or by checking with their health care provider or pharmacies.

The vaccination announcement came shortly before the Supreme Court struck down the governor’s mask order on Wednesday, March 31.

A previous mask mandate was revoked by the Republican-controlled Legislature in February, and Evers responded by issuing this new one that same day.

“Our fight against COVID-19 isn’t over — while we work to get folks vaccinated as quickly as we can, we know wearing a mask saves lives, and we still need Wisconsinites to mask up so we can beat this virus and bounce back from this pandemic,” Evers said in a statement.

St. Croix County Public Health is meeting with local and regional partners to determine the safest way to move forward following the repeal, Public Health Officer Kelli Engen said in a news release. 

“The Supreme Court’s decision is unfortunate,” Engen said. “We know that masks work to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep the people of our communities safe.”

The public health department still recommends the use of masks to fight COVID-19, regardless of the decision, Engen said. It is also still recommended by the CDC. 

“Everyone should continue to wear a mask,” Engen said. “Masks act as a simple barrier that help prevent your respiratory droplets from reaching others.”

Even those who don’t feel sick should wear a mask, as the virus can spread before people develop symptoms or when they are asymptomatic, according to the release. 

Vaccinations are one piece of the actions taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

COVID-19 precautions should continue to be followed, even by those who have been vaccinated. These precautions include: 

  • Wearing a mask

  • Physically distancing

  • Avoiding crowd

  • Washing hands often

  • Covering coughs and sneezes

  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces

  • Monitoring your health

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