Joint statement on free COVID-19 testing for Milwaukee’s communities of color
From Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderman Mark A. Borkowski, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderman Scott Spiker, Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa and Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic
We applaud Governor Tony Evers in his move yesterday (Thursday, May 7) to initiate free coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for all of Milwaukee’s African Americans, Latinos, and tribal community members. The free testing could help save untold lives and prevent further spread of the novel virus, which has taken a staggeringly lopsided and deadly toll on people of color across the city and the metro area.
The free testing locations are as follows starting on Monday (May 11):
- 2701 S. Chase Ave.
- 5760 W. Capitol Dr.
- Both locations will be open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. seven days a week
African Americans and Latinos account for about half of all coronavirus cases in Wisconsin. Latinos make up less than 7% of the state’s population, but account for 29% of the COVID-19 cases. African Americans make up only about 6% of Wisconsin’s total population but account for 21% of the confirmed cases statewide.
Thirty percent of Wisconsinites who have died after contracting COVID-19 are African American.
Our African American and Latino residents have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 both at home and where they work. These are often families with essential, front-line workers who put themselves at risk by working difficult jobs (at food plants, restaurants and health care facilities) under challenging circumstances during this pandemic.
We strongly urge African American, Latino and tribal community members – those with or without symptoms – to take advantage of this free COVID-19 testing.
- WI Daily: 518 New COVID-19 Cases Reported - Urban Milwaukee - Apr 18th, 2021
- WI Daily: 727 New COVID-19 Cases Reported - Urban Milwaukee - Apr 17th, 2021
- WI Daily: 709 New COVID-19 Cases Reported - Urban Milwaukee - Apr 16th, 2021
- MKE County: Children Contributing to Rising COVID-19 - Graham Kilmer - Apr 16th, 2021
- Wisconsin Unemployment at 3.8% - Erik Gunn - Apr 16th, 2021
- White House Announces $1.7 Billion Investment to Fight COVID-19 Variants that Senator Baldwin Worked to Include in American Rescue Plan - U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin - Apr 16th, 2021
- Federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care (LTC) Program Ending - Wisconsin Department of Health Services - Apr 16th, 2021
- Council file seeks Health Department information on Johnson & Johnson vaccinations - Ald. Milele Coggs - Apr 16th, 2021
- Vaccination Numbers Going Down - Graham Kilmer - Apr 15th, 2021
- WI Daily: 943 New COVID-19 Cases Reported - Urban Milwaukee - Apr 15th, 2021
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