City of Milwaukee Weekly COVID-19 Update

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 6, 2022

City of Milwaukee Weekly COVID-19 Update

MILWAUKEE — The burden of disease in the city of Milwaukee this week has increased to 147.4 new positive COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people over seven days and remains in the “high transmission” category. The percentage of positive COVID-19 test results is 8.1% and has moved into the “substantial transmission” category. Additionally, based on CDC guidelines, Milwaukee County has transitioned to Community COVID-19 Medium.

“This increase, while a reminder that this virus is still very much in our community, is not a cause for concern,” said Milwaukee Health Commissioner Kirsten Johnson. “This virus is dynamic and unpredictable. Due to its contagious nature, our behavior affects everyone around us. It is imperative that we put in place multiple layers of protection, such as vaccination, masking, physical distancing and ventilation to keep ourselves and everyone around us safe.

Currently, 64.5% of adults in the city of Milwaukee ages 16 and older are fully vaccinated, and 48.2% of fully vaccinated people have received a booster dose. Among children aged 5 to 11, 19.7% have completed their series of pediatric COVID-19 vaccines and 24.0% have received at least one dose.

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 8, and many families will come together to celebrate the moms in their lives. To keep mom healthy and get together safe, follow the health tips:

  • Make sure everyone is up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines.
  • If possible, gather outside or open windows to allow fresh air to circulate.
  • Consider wearing a mask to protect anyone at high risk of serious illness.
  • Test before gathering and only gather with those who test negative for COVID-19.
  • Stay home if you are symptomatic or have been in contact with a positive case of COVID-19.

As the weather in Milwaukee warms up, opening windows to bring fresh air inside is an effective tool to make indoor spaces safer. Research shows that changing the air in a room several times per hour with filtered or clean outdoor air can reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 by up to 50%. The tiny airborne particles infected with the virus can remain in indoor air for minutes or hours after an infected person has been there. Bringing clean outdoor air indoors disperses these particles and reduces the risk of people inhaling them or getting infections in their eyes, nose or mouth. Milwaukee Health Department COVID-19 sites are open Monday through Saturday at the Northwest Health Center, Southside Health Center, and Menomonee Valley Site for free walk-in COVID-19 testing and vaccines. Hours of operation available on the Milwaukee Health Department’s COVID-19 website.

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