FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 19 November 2021
City of Milwaukee Weekly COVID-19 Update
MILWAUKEE – The disease burden in the city of Milwaukee this week is 202.5 new positive COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people for seven days and remains in the “extreme transmission” category. The percentage of positive COVID-19 tests is at 7.5% and remains in the “moderate transmission” category.
Due to a quality assurance process within the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Milwaukee Health Department does not have updated vaccination data to share this week. As of last Thursday, Nov. 11, 58.9% of adult Milwaukee residents ages 16 and older have completed their vaccination course and 64.0% have received at least one dose.
The Milwaukee Health Department still has $25 gift cards available as an incentive for any Milwaukee city that receives its second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Northwest Health Center, Southside Health Center, and Menomonee Valley Site. The incentive is only available while supplies last and will be distributed locally at the time of vaccination.
The first round of COVID-19 vaccination clinics at Milwaukee Public Schools and Seton Catholic Schools ends Wednesday, Nov. 24. After the Thanksgiving holiday, the vaccination schedule will begin again to give second doses on Monday, November 29. 700 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in these clinics.
As we enter the holiday season, the Milwaukee Health Department would like to remind all Milwaukeeans to celebrate the holiday season safely. While many residents have successfully completed their vaccination course, nearly half of the population remains unvaccinated, so it is imperative to take safety precautions to keep ourselves and loved ones healthy.
“After twenty long months, there is a lot of excitement around getting together with our loved ones this holiday season. If you are not fully vaccinated or will be with individuals who are not fully vaccinated, it is critical to take safety precautions, such as masking and physical distancing, to ensure your celebratory gathering does not transmit the COVID-19 virus,” said Milwaukee Health Commissioner Kirsten Johnson. “We also want to take the time this season to thank our incredible public health professionals who have worked tirelessly during the pandemic to prioritize the health and safety of our community.”
If you’re planning to get together for the holidays, follow these recommendations from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to minimize your risk of getting or spreading COVID-19:
- Anyone eligible to be vaccinated should receive one of the COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible.
- You are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after you receive either a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson, or the second dose of a two-dose vaccine, such as Pfizer or Moderna.
- If you have symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, get tested.
- Avoid gatherings if you are sick, have symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19.
- Wear a well-fitting mask over your nose and mouth if you are in a public indoor setting if you are not fully vaccinated.
- Even if you are fully vaccinated, you should wear a mask indoors if you are in an area with high transmission.
- Consider wearing a mask at private family gatherings if you have loved ones who may be at increased risk for serious COVID-19 illness.
- When you get together to celebrate, try to keep as much physical distance as possible.
- Meeting outside is always safer. Meet friends and family for an after-meal stroll outside.
- If you’re celebrating indoors, make sure to leave extra space between the seats at the table.
- Consider setting up different areas in your home for activities to allow for physical distancing.
The Milwaukee Health Department’s three COVID-19 sites will close for testing and vaccination between November 25 and 28, in connection with Thanksgiving. In addition, no mobile vaccination sites are planned during this time. For COVID-19 vaccination or testing options, visit HealthyMKE.com.
Schedule mobile vaccination clinic 22 – 28 November 2021
Monday 22 November
- Bethune Academy
1535 N 35th Street
09.30 – 12.00 hrs
- St. Catherine
2647 N 51st Street
13:30 – 16:30
tuesday 23 november
- LaFollette Public School
3239 N. 9th Street
09.30 – 12.00 hrs
- Benjamin Franklin Elementary
2308 W. Nash Street
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday 24 November
- Summerfield United Methodist Church
728 E. Juneau Avenue
11:30 am – 2:00 pm
- Ascension All Saints Family Health Center
2400 W. Villard Avenue
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
- COA Goldin Center
2320 W. Burleigh Street
3 pm – 5 pm
No vaccination clinics scheduled November 25-28, due to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.