City of Milwaukee weekly COVID-19 update
City of Milwaukee weekly COVID-19 update

City of Milwaukee weekly COVID-19 update

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 22, 2022

City of Milwaukee weekly COVID-19 update

MILWAUKEE – The disease burden in the city of Milwaukee rose this week to 0 60.7 new positive COVID-19 cases per. 100,000 people in seven days and moved into the “significant transfer” category. The percentage of positive COVID-19 test results is 4.5% and remains in the “low transmission” category. Additionally, based on the new CDC guidelines, Milwaukee County remains at the low COVID-19 community level.

Currently, 64.3% of Milwaukee adults 16 years and older are fully vaccinated, and 47.8% of fully vaccinated individuals have received a booster dose. Of children aged 5 to 11 years, 19.2% have completed their pediatric COVID-19 vaccine series and 23.6% have received at least one dose.

While local and national organizations are evaluating their existing mask mandates, the Milwaukee Health Department emphasizes the importance of a well-fitting mask to curb the spread of COVID-19. The most common way COVID-19 is transmitted from one person to another is through small airborne particles of the virus that are inhaled, sneezed or coughed out by an infected person. A regularly worn mask that comfortably covers one’s nose and mouth can be a necessary barrier to slow the spread of the virus from person to person. The Milwaukee Health Department recommends masking when you gather in public with people outside your household to protect yourself and those around you.

“COVID-19 cases are on the rise, and masking is a proven tool for protecting yourself and your loved ones,” said Milwaukee Health Commissioner Kirsten Johnson. “Every person we pass on the street, interact with in the grocery store or gather with is faced with their own individual situation. They can be immunocompromised, take care of a high-risk family member or protect an unvaccinated child at home. The best way to respectfully protect our community is wearing your mask in public and getting vaccinated. “

From Monday, April 25, the Milwaukee Health Department COVID-19 sites at Northwest Health Center and Southside Health Center will begin offering all routine pediatric vaccinations and blood lead testing in addition to COVID-19 vaccines and booster doseswithout appointment. The number of childhood vaccinations has dropped over the last two years due to the pandemic, and it is very important to get your children fully immunized to protect their health. The Milwaukee Health Department website has several resources on childhood vaccinations.

COVID-19 vaccines remain free of charge for all Milwaukee employees five years of age and older and are available on the Milwaukee Health Department’s Web site without an appointment. It is imperative for all Milwaukee residents to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines to ensure the best possible protection against serious illness, hospitalization and death. To be up to date, one must receive two doses of an mRNA vaccine such as Pfizer or Moderna or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson and a booster dose when justified. More information on keeping up to date with the COVID-19 vaccine is available at Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.

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