Metro Market, Pick-n-Save To Receive Vaccine Doses Through Federal Retail Pharmacy Program

DHS Reports 324 New COVID-19 Cases, 28 Deaths As Vaccination Efforts Continue

Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine
An employee with the McKesson Corporation packs a box of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine into a cooler for shipping from their facility in Shepherdsville, Ky., Monday, March 1, 2021. Timothy D. Easley/AP Photo

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced Tuesday that select Kroger stores will become part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, and will receive COVID-19 vaccine doses directly from the federal government. In Wisconsin, Kroger stores include those under the Metro Market and Pick-n-Save names, which have also been known by the brand Roundy’s. Previously, Walgreens was the sole pharmacy involved in this program.

Kroger stores have 67 pharmacies in Wisconsin. They’ll receive a total of 2,340 doses during the first week from the federal government, in addition to 1,552 doses from the state.

Meanwhile, new reports of COVID-19 cases are holding steady in Wisconsin, based on the latest data published by the DHS.

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DHS reported 324 new cases of the disease Tuesday, bringing the average for the past seven days to 575 daily cases. One week ago, the average was 600 daily cases.

There were 2,090 negative tests reported Tuesday.

As COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin have continued to decline, more of the state’s residents are being vaccinated against the disease.

A total of 1,466,654 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Wisconsin as of Tuesday, with 55.4 percent of Wisconsinites age 65 and up receiving at least one dose of the vaccine so far.

DHS reported 928,958 Wisconsin residents had received at least one dose, representing 16 percent of the state population. As of Tuesday, 505,123 people in Wisconsin, or 8.7 percent of the population, have received both shots, completing the vaccination series.

Increasing rates of vaccination have provided a sense of hope after a yearlong pandemic that has claimed the lives of 6,440 people in Wisconsin. There were 28 new deaths from COVID-19 reported Tuesday.

Other DHS data from Tuesday include:

  • 564,592 total cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
  • 3,196,304 total tests administered, 2,631,712 of which have been negative since the pandemic began.
  • 26,222 people have been hospitalized because of the disease, or 4.6 percent of all positive cases, since the pandemic began.
  • Daily testing capacity remains at 59,273, though only 2,414 new test results were reported Tuesday.

Coronavirus rates vary from county to county. In order to track COVID-19 activity levels, DHS looks at the number of new cases per a county’s population over a 14-day period — and whether there’s an upward or downward trend in new cases. Activity levels range from “critically high,” “very high,” “high,” “medium,” to “low.”

As of Wednesday, DHS data showed the state had no counties with a “critically high” level of COVID-19 activity. Four counties had a “very high” level of activity; 66 counties had a “high” level of activity; and two — Rusk and Bayfield counties — had a “medium” level. Wisconsin’s overall COVID-19 activity level is “high.”

For more about COVID-19, visit Coronavirus in Wisconsin.