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MKE Cares Mask Ordinance
Effective Thursday, July 16, 2020

The Milwaukee Common Council adopted an ordinance requiring that all persons wear face coverings in public spaces, indoors and outdoors.

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  ARCHIVE - News Releases and Updates - MAY 2020
  ARCHIVE - News Releases and Updates - APRIL 2020

APRIL 22, 2020: NEWS RELEASE: New citation option to help prevent spread of deadly coronavirus in Milwaukee | Una nueva opción de multas para ayudar a prevenir la propagación del mortal coronavirus en Milwaukee

APRIL 10, 2020: Ascension Medical Group Wisconsin Launches 13 Dedicated Respiratory Care Sites

APRIL 10, 2020: MEDIA ADVISORY: Videoconference at 4pm, April 10, Milwaukee County COVID-19 Update - Focus on Racial Disparities

APRIL 8, 2020: V100.7 Presents “Stay At Home Stay Safe - A special conversation about the coronavirus” with Bailey Coleman, Reggie Brown and Mary Stoker Smith from Fox 6 at 1pm, Wednesday, April 8. An in depth, honest conversation on the coronavirus and the effect it’s having on your life. Text questions to 414-799-1007 and join live on the V100.7 Facebook or Instagram Pages! City of Milwaukee Health Commissioner Kowalik will also join the conversation.

APRIL 3, 2020: What Dr. Fauci wants you to know about face masks and staying home as virus spreads (Wearing face coverings in public does not change the need for social distancing, good hand hygiene or any other current recommendations on preventing transmission of COVID-19.)

APRIL 2, 2020: Community Advocates Help for Renters and Landlords

  ARCHIVE - News Releases and Updates - MARCH 2020

March 27, 2020: Council members to send strong message on stay-at-home order

March 26, 2020: Milwaukee Health Department launches campaign to increase awareness around COVID-19 and best practices for staying healthy

March 26, 2020: AARP Innovation Labs launches ‘AARP Community Connections’ platform to find help, or give it, during pandemic

March 26, 2020: If you have questions about your business and if it is considered “essential” under the Safer at Home order, email or call 286-3674

March 24, 2020: State of WI Safer At Home FAQ March 24, 2020
► WEDC - Essential Business Designation Assistance

March 23, 2020: March 23 - City of Milwaukee - Stay at Home Order
► This order will be modified to align with Governor Evers' Safer at Home Order on March 24, 2020.

March 23, 2020: Sojourner: e-filing process for restraining orders begins immediately (New process allows domestic violence survivors to file for restraining orders despite Governor Evers’ safer-at-home order)

March 18, 2020: Wisconsin Department of Health Services Provides Guidance on COVID-19 Testing Criteria

March 18, 2020: City of Milwaukee Health Department Adjusts Services in Response to COVID-19

March 17, 2020: State of WI Dept. of Health Services Emergency Order #5 Prohibiting Mass Gatherings of 10 People or More

March 17, 2020: COVID-19 Public Health Emergency COVID-19 - Order Restricting Food and Beverage Sales in the Cities and Villages of Milwaukee, Bayside, Brown Deer, Fox Point, Glendale, River Hills, Shorewood, Whitefish Bay, Cudahy, South Milwaukee, and St. Francis

March 16, 2020: Eleven Milwaukee County Municipalities Retrict Food and Beverage Sales in Latest Effort to Protect Public Health

March 16, 2020: COVID-19 press release from the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner

March 14, 2020: Second Coronavirus (COVID-19) Case Discovered in the City of Milwaukee

March 13, 2020: First Coronavirus (COVID-19) Case Confirmed in the City of Milwaukee

March 12, 2020: Milwaukee Health Department Issues Guidelines for Travel and Mass Gatherings

March 4, 2020: Public Health Officials Announce New Guidance for Travelers in Response to COVID-19


Gating Critera for Phased Implementation

Green = Excellent          Yellow = Proceed with caution         Red = Measure is concern

*Note these metrics are preliminary and may be improved based on practices for the city of Milwaukee

Key Performance Metrics - Updated Every Thursday - Last Updated: September 17, 2020
Yellow Key Metric: Trend in percent positive COVID+ PCR Tests*
Green: 14 day significantly negative trend or percent positive 5% or less for 14 days
Yellow: No significant trend
Red: 14 day significantly positive trend
Details: Positive or negative trend will be based on linear regression with statistical significance set at an industry standard of p < 0.05. The measure omits the last four days of data, due to tests taking approximately four days to be accurately reflected by the system. As data fluctuates day to day, linear regression provides a reliable indicator on true trends. Fluctuations in testing patterns, such as ratios of symptomatic to asymptomatic individuals being tested, may lead to slight artificial changes in percent positive cases. More info at City of Milwaukee Metrics and Data Dashboard.
TESTING Yellow Key Metric: Number of tests performed* and percent positive for PCR tests
Green: 2,000 tests per day OR <5% positive for 5 days
Yellow: 1,200-2,000 tests per day OR 5-10% positive for 5 days
Red: <1,300 tests per day AND >10% positive for 5 days
Details: Based on absolute number of tests, as well as percent positive tests, to account for potential decreased testing needs with lower percent positive cases. Number of tests performed and percent positive both based on 5 consecutive days. The number of tests is averaged for the 5 day period to account for standard drops in testing over the weekend and external events that influence the number of tests. The measure omits the last 4 days of data, due to test results taking approximately 4 days to be accurately reflected by the system. *The federal government has issued guidance that states should test at least 2% of their population. The metrics above are based on Badger Bounce Back guidance using population size to determine the daily testing goals. The metric is 60% more than the minimum suggested at the federal level. More info at City of Milwaukee Metrics and Data Dashboard.
CARE Green Key Metric: Percentage of hospitals not in crisis care* AND percentage of COVID+ hospital beds
Green: 100% not in crisis care AND <10% of hospital patients are COVID+
Yellow: 95-99% not in crisis care AND 10-20% of hospital patients are COVID+
Red: <95% not in crisis care AND >20% of hospital patiens are COVID+
Details: Crisis standards of care is characterized by the Institute of Medicine as “extreme operating conditions” that may be indicated by the questions: (a) The facility is damaged/unsafe or nonpatient care areas are being used by the facility for patient care, (b) Trained staff are unavailable or unable to adequately care for the volume of patients eve with extension techniques, (c) Critical supplies are lacking, resulting in reallocation of life sustaining resources and/or extreme operating conditions. COVID+ hospital beds base on total hospitalized COVID-19 patients divided by the sum of total occupied floor beds and ICU beds - rolling past 7-day averages used. This gating criteria metric is based on Milwaukee County Metrics and Data. More info at Milwaukee County Metrics and Data Dashboard.
SAFETY Yellow Key Metric: Hospital systems reaching PPE goals*
Green: 29+ days of all PPE supply for majority of hospitals
Yellow: 8-28 days of all PPE supply for majority of hospitals
Red: 0-7 days of all PPE supply for majority of hospitals
Details: Three out of five major health systems must be in range for all types of PPE to meet criteria. This measure is temporary and will be replaced in the near future with a more inclusive metric to reflect more broad PPE availability. This gating criteria metric is based on Milwaukee County Metrics and Data. More info at Milwaukee County Metrics and Data Dashboard.
TRACING Yellow Key Metric: Percentage of COVID+ cases worked by the Milwaukee Health Department that are successfully contacted within 2 days after assignment Green: 95%-100% of COVID+ residents are successfully reached within 2 days Yellow: 50-95% of COVID+ residents are successfully reached within 2 days Red: <50% of COVID+ residents are successfully reached within 2 days Details:  Based on the percent of city of Milwaukee residents who test COVID+ and are assigned to the Milwaukee Health Department for follow-up that are successfully reached within 2 days after assignment. This metric will be based on a 7-day period in order to reflect the rapid changes and growth that our contact tracing efforts are currently experiencing. This measure omits the past 4 days of data, due to delays in reporting and documentation. More info at City of Milwaukee Metrics and Data Dashboard.