Under this revised plan, Public Health orders will take into consideration new sets of measures that emphasize vaccine distribution and uptake. Specific thresholds will be removed from measures with a stated goal to provide more flexibility.
Data that will be assessed within this tool include measures such as percent of Dane County population that is at least partially vaccinated, percent of key populations with disproportionately poor COVID outcomes fully vaccinated, variant strains as predominant version of virus in community, case count with two-week trend, and time from specimen collection to public health contact tracing interview.
To determine future orders using these new measures, PHMDC will be looking for consistent progress in three core vaccine measures:
-- Percent of Dane County population that is fully vaccinated (two doses for vaccines requiring two doses; one dose for single-dose vaccines);
-- Percent of Dane County population that is at least partially vaccinated; and
-- Percent of Dane County population aged 65-plus that is at least partially vaccinated.
According to the plan, "The current trajectories and models... are converging on a summer 2021 timeline for a potential 'return to (a version of) normal'...
We could see extreme loosening or dissolving of many pandemic restrictions sometime in summer 2021."