Here’s the latest update on COVID-19 in Milwaukee and the resources you need to combat it.
Health Department to host Back-to-School Fairs: Monday, Aug. 31
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 31, the Milwaukee Health Department will distribute bookbags, school supplies, hand sanitizer and masks at the following locations:
Hopkins Lloyd School – 1503 W. Hopkins St.
Riverwest Elementary School – 2765 N. Fratney St.
Greenfield Bilingual School – 1711 S. 35th St.
Kilbourn School – 5354 N. 68th St.
Supplies will be first come, first serve. The Health Department will also distribute community educational materials.
High school students and COVID-19 cases
Greenfield Health Department Director Darren Rausch has monitored testing for students 18 and under. He said high school students currently have the highest rate of positive COVID-19 tests.
Rausch reminded everyone to remember the 3 W’s: Wear a mask. Watch your distance. And wash your hands.
“We know COVID will impact the schools, and we hope all of you are making collective decisions to help us minimize that,” Rausch said.
Numbers improve over a two-week period
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said there has been a “significant downward trend” for positive tests in the last two weeks. With an average of over 2,000 tests a day, Barrett said 5% have returned positive.
“That, to me, is the key number: bringing that positive rate down,” Barrett said.
The county is “green” in three of its five key indicators. The indicators are in place to measure the effectiveness of the COVID-19 response. Barrett said last week’s improvement marks a substantial improvement.
A decline in individuals seeking testing
The number of individuals seeking tests declined over the last two weeks, Dr. Ben Weston of the Milwaukee County Office of Emergency Management said.
As we see encouraging signs, “we must maintain our momentum,” Weston said.
Weston strongly encourages testing for:
1. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms
2. Anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19
3. Anyone who has been instructed by a public health or health care provider to seek out testing
Where to get free masks
To obtain a free mask, residents can visit these sites:
- The Keenan Health Clinic, 3200 N. 36th St., is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- The Northwest Health Center, 7630 W. Mill Rd., is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- The Southside Health Center, 1639 S. 23rd St., is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.
NNS reporters also gathered a list of where to buy locally made masks if you’re looking to show some local business love when masking up.
Check the City of Milwaukee Health Department’s website for the most updated facts and answers to questions about the mask ordinance.
Resources to know
Look here for up-to-date statistics on COVID-19 in the county. More precautions on how to stay safe and information on COVID-19 can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.
Contact your health provider, call IMPACT 2-1-1 or take a look at the county’s testing site map to find a testing center near you. The free community testing sites at UMOS, 2701 S. Chase Ave., and Custer Stadium by Barack Obama School, 4300 W. Fairmount Ave. continue to operate.
Check out our continuing coronavirus coverage.
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