Here’s the latest update on COVID-19 in Milwaukee and the resources you need to combat it.
Coronavirus data for Milwaukee County is trending “in the wrong direction,” officials say.
In the past week, Milwaukee has seen an increase in daily counts of coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths. In the county’s virtual COVID-19 update Thursday, health officials said these trends look similar to the spike the county saw in May.
Dr. Ben Weston of the Milwaukee County Office of Emergency Management warned the county will see worsening numbers of cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the coming weeks if precautions aren’t taken.
“We as a community and as individuals can be proactive in slowing transmission,” he said. “We must act now before we are forced to act by untenable case counts and overwhelmed hospitals.”
Get masked up
One proven way to reduce transmission of COVID-19 is wearing a mask, and the newly implemented MKE Cares ordinance requires all residents to wear a face covering in public spaces — both indoors and outdoors.
“By signing this ordinance, it’s a recognition that we have not done everything that’s necessary to fight COVID-19,” Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said in Thursday’s update.
Scientific research shows wearing a face covering limits the spread of COVID-19.
When outside, residents must always have a mask in their possession and use common sense on when to have it on, Barrett said. Even when walking on the lakefront or on the block alone, if you cannot maintain a social distance of 6 feet with a passerby, he said, then you have to wear a mask.
The ordinance also requires the city to create a program that provides free masks for residents in need. The Milwaukee Health Department is giving away free masks at the following locations:
- Health Department Administrative Office, 841 N. Broadway
- Keenan Health Center, 3200 N. 36th St.
- Northwest Health Center, 7630 W. Mill Rd.
- Southside Health Center, 1639 S. 23rd St.
The ordinance will remain until the Moving Milwaukee Forward health and safety order is lifted.
School reopening updates
The school board approved MPS’ plan to reopen schools, which includes three phases and begins with at least 30 days of virtual instruction.
Remember that so long as the city is in Phase 4 of reopening, schools located in the City of Milwaukee are not permitted to hold in-person sessions, according to the Health Department’s Phase 4 Assessment Update.
Utilities moratorium is still set to end Saturday
Beginning July 25, We Energies will be able to disconnect services. If you are behind on your payments, here’s how to keep your utilities on.
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