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City of Milwaukee Weekly COVID-19 Update

MILWAUKEE – The disease burden in the City of Milwaukee this week is 33.2 new positive COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people over seven days and remains in the “moderate transmission” category. The percentage of positive COVID-19 test results is 2.5% and remains in the “low transmission” category. Additionally, based on the new CDC guidelines, Milwaukee County remains in the low COVID-19 Community Level.

Currently, 64.1% of city of Milwaukee adults 16 years and older are fully vaccinated, and 47.3% of fully vaccinated individuals have received a booster dose. Of children ages 5 to 11, 18.8% have completed their pediatric COVID-19 vaccine series and 23.3% have received at least one dose.

This year’s National Public Health Week was celebrated from April 4 through April 10 across the county. Public health workers were at the forefront of COVID-19 response throughout the past two years, but public health is so much more than just emergency pandemic response. Public health is providing clinical health services, educating the community on healthy practices, analyzing and interpreting data, advocating for and developing equitable health policies, collaborating with community organizations, and so much more.

“This week has been a celebration of the important work our staff performs day after day,” said Milwaukee Health Commissioner Kirsten Johnson. “Their strength and commitment to the health of our city is inspirational. Even amidst the challenges caused by COVID-19, I’ve never been more proud to work in public health or more inspired by their resilience, courage, dedication, and expertise.”

COVID-19 services remain available without an appointment at the Northwest Health Center, Southside Health Center, and Menomonee Valley site. Primary doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, in addition to booster doses and second booster doses for those who are eligible, are free. It takes two weeks after the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to build an immune response, so now is the time, while the burden of disease in Milwaukee is moderate, to prioritize getting the COVID-19 vaccine and booster dose.

As health officials continue to closely monitor data trends and the impact of the virus within the community, it is imperative to get tested and continue COVID safety practices, such as wearing a mask and staying home, if you feel symptomatic or have come in close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual.


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