Graham Kilmer

Milwaukee Sees ‘Extreme’ COVID-19 Transmission

Hospitalizations statewide have quadrupled over the past month.

By - Aug 3rd, 2021 08:37 pm
2019 Novel Coronavirus. Image by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

2019 Novel Coronavirus. Image by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The latest COVID-19 data shows high levels of transmission in the city of Milwaukee.

One of the gating metrics used by the City of Milwaukee Health Department is pointing to “extreme transmission” of COVID-19 in the city.

The seven day disease burden rate shows approximately 193 cases per 100,000 people in Milwaukee, signaling extreme transmission of disease.

The seven day positivity rate is currently at 10.1%. This means that 10% of all COVID-19 tests have come back positive for the virus over the past seven days.

During a joint city-county media briefing Tuesday, Milwaukee Health Commissioner Kirsten Johnson was asked if the city would reinstate the mask mandate, given the level of transmission and Johnson did not dismiss the possibility.

Rather, she said, “I am working closely with the Common Council on identifying what would be most appropriate.”

A week prior, Mayor Tom Barrett announced that the city and the Milwaukee Health Department were recommending everyone wear a mask when indoors in public spaces, regardless of vaccination status.

Ben Weston, director of medical services for Milwaukee County, said current COVID-19 trends are “frankly, not good.”

Milwaukee, like the state and the rest of the country, is seeing a surge in cases due to the highly transmissible Delta variant. The variant is “one of the most contagious viruses we’ve ever seen.” One piece of the variant’s extreme transmissibility is its tendency to produce up to 1,200 times more virus in an infected person’s body than the original COVID-19 variant.

Throughout the pandemic, hospitalizations and deaths have been lagging indicators of disease, with those outcomes rising after the initial surges in cases. This is because of the time it takes for the disease to cause severe illness and death.

But now hospitalizations are rising again. The number of patients hospitalized in the state has quadrupled over the last month, Weston said, going from 74 in early June to 310 as of Tuesday. Hospitalizations in the county have tripled in that time.

Weston and Johnson both said that vaccination is the key to fighting the Delta surge and getting out of the pandemic.

The latest data on vaccination outcomes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that vaccinated individuals are approximately three times less likely to become infected with COVID-19 than the unvaccinated, Weston said.

“The way out of this pandemic is through vaccination,” Johnson said.

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2 thoughts on “Milwaukee Sees ‘Extreme’ COVID-19 Transmission”

  1. NieWiederKrieg says:

    “””Weston and Johnson both said that vaccination is the key to fighting the Delta surge and getting out of the pandemic.”””

    We defeated the COVID pandemic… then you decided to cancel the mask mandate. 300,000 maskless people gathered together for the Milwaukee Bucks parade. Now the COVID virus is exploding across Southeast Wisconsin.

    These worthless bureaucrats and politicians are to blame for the surge in COVID deaths.


  2. NickR says:

    We don’t need a mask mandate, we need a vaccine mandate.

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