Here’s the latest update on COVID-19 in Milwaukee and the resources you need to combat it.
Wisconsin Center to operate exclusively for 65+ population on Mondays
The Wisconsin Center, the city’s main COVID-19 vaccination site, will be reserving Mondays for vaccinating people over the age of 65 starting this week.
Interim Health Commissioner Marlaina Jackson said she expects anywhere from 700 to 1,000 people to receive the vaccine Monday, drawing from people who registered on HealthyMKE.com.
Jackson also said the city plans to create a COVID-19 phone hotline by next week.
The Wisconsin Center is located at 400 W Wisconsin Ave.
Public Health and Safety Committee confirms nominee Kirsten Johnson
The Milwaukee Common Council’s Public Health and Safety Committee voted to confirm the nomination of Kirsten Johnson to be the city’s health commissioner on Jan. 28. The Common Council will now vote on her confirmation Feb. 9.
Johnson, the director and health officer of the Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department, was nominated by Mayor Tom Barrett to replace Commissioner Jeanette Kowalik, who left the department in September
Johnson fielded questions from committee members on health disparities and COVID-19 response preceding the vote.
“My immediate goal for the department is to get through the pandemic, get shots in arms and mitigate risk,” Johnson said.
Protecting yourself from COVID-19 scams
Have you heard an offer for the COVID-19 vaccine that seems too good to be true?
It probably is.
The Better Business Bureau is warning people about scams relating to the vaccine, as its Scam Tracker has seen reports of people being offered vaccines with a catch.
The scam can come as a phone call, email or message on social media, telling you that you’re eligible for a coronavirus vaccine. But the person asks for your personal information and payment up front.
The BBB recommends you familiarize yourself with the Wisconsin vaccine rollout, double check information provided by anyone offering vaccines and contact your doctor before agreeing to anything.
The BBB also urges people to protect their government-issued numbers, such as their Medicare ID, Social Security number and banking information.
Christopher Miller, a Milwaukee-based representative for the Internal Revenue Service, said the agency has also heard about pandemic-related scams.
These include fake donation requests, bogus investment opportunities for companies developing COVID-19 vaccines and unofficial vendors trying to sell medical supplies.
To learn more about protecting yourself from stimulus check scams, check out our reporting here.
What you should know about the coronavirus vaccine
How you can help friends and loved ones who test positive
What’s it like to be vaccinated?
Where to get free masks
To obtain a free mask, residents can visit these sites:
- The Northwest Health Center, 7630 W. Mill Rd., is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- The Southside Health Center, 1639 S. 23rd St., is open from 9 a.m. to 3 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 the Northwest Health Center, 7630 W. Mill Rd., and Southside Health Center, 1639 S. 23rd St., are now open and operating. American Family Field (formerly Miller Park), 1 Brewers Way, is also open as an effective testing site.
For more information on testing, including how to identify symptoms and when you should get tested, visit TestUpMKE.com. Available in English, Spanish, Hmong, Burmese and Arabic.
For more information on vaccine distribution and where to find it, visit HealthyMKE.com. Available in English, Spanish, Hmong, Burmese and Arabic.
Check out our continuing coronavirus coverage.
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