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What is COVID-19?

 

  • COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
  • Many people who contract COVID-19 experience mild symptoms. Some will become seriously ill and require medical attention.
  • COVID-19 is primarily spread person-to-person when infected particles are exhaled into the air and breathed in by another.
  • COVID-19 is diagnosed with a test. There are two types of tests: One given by a health provider (PCR test) and an at-home test kit (Rapid antigen test).
  • The best way to protect yourself is to get vaccinated and boosted when you are eligible, wear a mask in public spaces, wash your hands often, and practice physical distancing.

The City of Milwaukee Health Department (MHD) continues to closely monitor an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19).

As of August 9, 2022 at 2:00 p.m., there are 165,231 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,105 deaths in the city of Milwaukee. 

Questions about COVID-19?

 

COVID Hotline
414-286-6800
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

 

Email
ASKMHDCOVID19@milwaukee.gov

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