FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 6, 2021
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City of Milwaukee Weekly COVID-19 Update
MILWAUKEE – The disease burden has nearly doubled every week for the past four weeks in the city of Milwaukee. This week’s data presents a seven-day average of 218.4 cases per 100K people, which is in the “extreme transmission” category. The percent positivity moved into the “high transmission” category, at 10.9%.
“We know how to reverse this trend,” said Health Commissioner Kirsten Johnson. “The message hasn’t changed. It is critically important that everyone eligible gets vaccinated. If you are not yet vaccinated, masks are a crucial tool to keep yourself and those around you safe until you receive your vaccine.”
The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and readily available for everyone over the age of 12. Currently, 51% of Milwaukee residents over the age of 16 are fully vaccinated, and 55.5% have received at least their first dose. More information on the COVID-19 vaccine and upcoming vaccination clinics can be found at Milwaukee.gov/COVIDvax.
Testing is still free, quick, easy, and available at the Northwest Health Center, Southside Health Center, and American Family Field. If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have come in close contact with someone who is suspected or confirmed to be positive for COVID-19, you should prioritize getting a test three to five days after exposure. Those who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine if they are asymptomatic but should wear a mask for 14 days or until a negative test result. Those who are unvaccinated should isolate for 14 days or until a negative test result.
The hours at the Northwest Health Center and Southside Health Centers adjusted this week to accommodate a mix of morning, afternoon, evening, and weekend hours. Both locations will offer testing and vaccination on Mondays and Fridays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 until 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The clinics are closed on Sundays and Wednesdays. The hours for American Family Field have not changed, but please check the website for any closures due to conflicting Brewers games. More information on testing can be found on our website at Milwaukee.gov/COVIDtesting.
Mobile Vaccination Clinic Schedule August 7 - 14, 2021
Saturday, August 7
- Victims of Milwaukee Violence Event
3000 N. Sherman Blvd.
9 – 11 a.m.
Tuesday, August 10
- UWM Student Union
2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- DPW Industrial Road Yard
Social Development Commission
1730 W. North Ave.
2 – 5 p.m.
Friday, August 13
Saturday, August 14
Wisconsin Northwest Family Initiative – Family Fest Back to School Rally
El-Bethel Church of God in Christ
5401 W Good Hope Rd.
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
MCW Community Health Workers Health Fair
916 E. Cesar Chavez Dr.
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.