City of Milwaukee Weekly COVID-19 Update
MILWAUKEE – The disease burden in the City of Milwaukee this week is 215.7 new positive COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people over seven days and remains in the “extreme transmission” category. The percentage of positive COVID-19 tests is at 9.1% and moved into the “substantial transmission” category.
On November 24, a new SARS-CoV-2 variant, B.1.1.529, was identified in South Africa and reported to the World Health Organization (WHO). The first case of the new variant, which WHO has named Omicron, was reported in the United States on December 1 in California. The world’s leading epidemiologists are working to learn more about this variant, but due to the relatively small number of cases documented, there is still a lot that is unknown.
While we wait to learn more about this variant, it’s important for individuals to continue to practice safety mitigations, such as masking and physical distancing in public, indoor spaces. In anticipation of future identification of the Omicron variant in Milwaukee, the increasing burden of positive COVID-19 cases, and the knowledge of increased socializing indoors because of the winter, the Milwaukee Health Department issued a mask advisory on Tuesday, November 30 that can be read in its entirety at milwaukee.gov/MaskAdvisory11.30.
Additionally, it’s important for everyone who has symptoms or has been exposed to someone who is confirmed positive for COVID-19 to get tested. The Milwaukee Health Department Laboratory, as well as additional labs across the state, have the ability to identify the Omicron variant in positive specimens, which will help us learn more. The Northwest Health Center, Southside Health Center, and Menomonee Valley Site offer drive-thru and walk-up testing without an appointment for anyone over the age of one. The locations and hours of these sites can be found at milwaukee.gov/COVIDtesting.
Vaccination continues to be the strongest protection against the COVID-19 virus. Currently, 59.8% of Milwaukee residents 16 years of age and older are fully vaccinated and 64.7% have received at least their first dose. Additionally, 61,186 Milwaukee residents have received their booster dose, which is approximately 22% of those who are eligible.
Per the CDC, everyone 18 years and older who are fully vaccinated should receive a booster dose six months after completing the Pfizer or Moderna vaccination series or two months after completing the Johnson & Johnson vaccination series.
The second round of community vaccination clinics at Milwaukee Public Schools and Seton Catholic School began this week and will continue through December 14. These clinics are free and open to the public, in addition to students and staff, without an appointment needed. Nearly 400 doses of vaccine have been administered at these clinics this week.
The Milwaukee Health Department is currently working to develop a three-to-five year strategic plan to advance the health of Milwaukee through an anti-racist framework and is seeking input from the Milwaukee community. Milwaukee community members interested in sharing their thoughts and insights can access the survey at city.milwaukee.gov/MHDsurvey. The three-question survey will be open through December 23, 2021. The results of this data-gathering initiative will help MHD focus their resources and guide the department’s work in the future.
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- National Guard Deploying to Hospitals, Nursing Homes - Jeramey Jannene - Jan 13th, 2022
- City Moving Toward Cash Vaccination Incentives, Free Rapid Tests - Jeramey Jannene - Jan 13th, 2022
- MKE County: COVID-19 Deaths Rising in Milwaukee - Graham Kilmer - Jan 11th, 2022
- Gov. Evers and DHS Announce Rate Increase to Help Support Healthcare Workforce in the Midst of COVID-19 Case Surge - Gov. Tony Evers - Jan 11th, 2022
- Evers Administration, DHS, DPI Remind Schools of Support, Resources Available to Help Keep Kids and Educators Safe in School as Omicron Spreads - Wisconsin Department of Health Services - Jan 10th, 2022
- Milwaukee Health Department to Offer Extended Use of Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines - City of Milwaukee Health Department - Jan 10th, 2022
- Rep. Brostoff Statement on Assembly Bill 309 - State Rep. Jonathan Brostoff - Jan 10th, 2022
- Milwaukee Giving Away Free N95/KN95 Masks - Jeramey Jannene - Jan 7th, 2022
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