Here’s the latest update on COVID-19 in Milwaukee and the resources you need to combat it.
All Wisconsin residents ages 16 and older now eligible for vaccine
Effective Monday, all Wisconsin residents ages 16 and older are eligible for the coronavirus vaccine.
Supplies will be limited, however, for those from the ages of 16 to 18 who wish to get the shot. Only one of the three immunizations in use, the Pfizer vaccine, is approved for use in those under 18.
Wisconsin Center to get more doses, federal support
The city’s central vaccination site will get an increase in support from the federal government beginning Tuesday, April 6, bringing more workers and vaccines into the city.
It was announced last week that the Wisconsin Center, 400 W. Wisconsin Ave., would be designated as a federal community clinic for COVID-19 vaccinations. The site will operate seven days a week for the next eight weeks and will begin receiving federal vaccine allotments.
With an additional 1,000 doses from the state, the Wisconsin Center will have the capacity, staffing and resources to vaccinate up to 3,000 people in a day.
The site is appointment-only. To make an appointment, visit https://city.milwaukee.gov/CovidVax or call (414) 286-6800. You can also make an appointment at https://wi-telegov.egov.com/milwaukee-vaccines.
Public health order to be re-evaluated following rising cases
Milwaukee Health Commissioner Kirsten Johnson said last week that some restrictions for local businesses could be reintroduced following an increase in cases.
Milwaukee County’s case indicator remained in the red again, indicating a significant upward trend in COVID-19 cases, which also are rising across the state.
The most recent public health order from the Milwaukee Health Department, enacted on March 19, loosened restrictions on businesses and gathering limits. Johnson said the health order would be reviewed on the week of April 18.
If trends do not improve, the department will have to re-enforce restrictions, Johnson said.
Milwaukee mask mandate remains in place
Last week, the Wisconsin Supreme Court voted to repeal the statewide mask mandate, leaving local jurisdictions to decide whether face coverings will be required in public settings.
The 4-3 decision from the conservative-controlled Supreme Court followed criticism of the mask orders from Republican lawmakers, who said Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, overstepped his authority by continuing to declare mask mandates without legislative approval.
The City of Milwaukee’s mandate, which has been in place since July, remains in effect.
As of April 2, 272,871 people in Milwaukee County have received one dose of the vaccine. This includes 70% of the 65+ population, which amounts to 92,738 people.
The state has fully vaccinated 1,076,380 people with both doses of the vaccine. Nearly one-fifth of all Wisconsinites have been fully inoculated.
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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 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
- The Southside Health Center, 1639 S 23rd St, is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
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.
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