MTEA Statement on Omicron Covid-19 Surge in City of Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE – Yesterday, the City of Milwaukee Health Department announced the Covid-19 disease burden in Milwaukee has surged to new 2021 highs, with a disease burden of 409 cases per 100k residents and a 12.7% positivity rate. The Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association issued the following statement:
“For the last four months, we have urged the former mayor and Milwaukee Health Commissioner Kirsten Johnson to issue an indoor mask requirement in the City of Milwaukee. Research has proven, and the Milwaukee Health Department has advertised, that along with vaccination, masking is the best way to prevent community spread of Covid-19.
“While she thanked Milwaukee Public Schools for doing the right thing and requiring masking indoors, Commissioner Johnson refused to use her authority to mitigate spread in Milwaukee. As a result of the Health Commissioner’s inaction, rates remained high without reprieve, people have needlessly suffered, and the out-of-control spread that defines Commissioner Johnson’s legacy is reaching levels so absurd that it is has nearly tripled the highest tier on the city’s color-coded measurement system.
“Without any action from the city government, Milwaukee Public Schools students and staff begin a winter break uncertain of how their schools will look when classes resume in January. After another semester of doing their part to prevent spread and keep their classmates, educators and community safe, MPS students would be right to wonder why their city leaders haven’t done theirs.
“Today, a new mayor is sworn in as this uncontrolled spread reaches new heights. While the interim mayor faces a crisis that is not of his making, we hope that this transition is an opportunity for city government to step up and do their part to keep our community healthy and safe and finally bring responsible public health policy back to Milwaukee.”
- City of Milwaukee Weekly COVID-19 Update - City of Milwaukee Health Department - Jan 14th, 2022
- DHS Now Auto-Importing Positive COVID-19 Test Results - Wisconsin Department of Health Services - Jan 14th, 2022
- 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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