As new variant emerges, most COVID traits are down in Milwaukee County | WUWM 89.7 FM

Well being officers in Milwaukee County say they’re seeing encouraging decreases in COVID-19 circumstances. As of Tuesday, the county is averaging 38 circumstances and 0 deaths per day. However some issues over the virus persist.

Dr. Ben Weston mentioned hospitalizations are larger, and with out as a lot downward motion, than he would love. Weston is the chief well being coverage advisor with Milwaukee County.

Throughout Tuesday’s native COVID replace, he mentioned round 65 persons are presently hospitalized with COVID.

And Weston mentioned Wisconsin’s ranges of the most recent COVID variant, BA2, are growing as nicely. “Most not too long ago we hit 27% of sequenced virus being BA2 in Wisconsin. Now, on one hand, that is a stage that is nearing that of the European nations the place COVID is now on the rise. Appears we’re about three to 4 weeks behind the UK on BA2’s predominance, and the UK is presently seeing an increase in COVID circumstances and extra concerningly in COVID hospitalizations as nicely. However alternatively, we have seen that it is arduous to make use of traits in different nations to foretell what’s going to occur right here.”

Weston mentioned the most recent omicron surge could have supplied some short-term immunity, coupled with vaccine-induced immunity, that he hopes can soften the blow of the BA2 variant.

However he mentioned regardless, this won’t be the final COVID variant we see. “We don’t know what the following iteration of COVID will seem like, however what we do know is that one of the best ways for us as a group to be future proof within the face of recent variants is to extend our vaccination and booster charges.”

Vaccination charges throughout the county proceed to be low, particularly in communities of shade and youthful populations. Weston mentioned the South Shore Well being Division is giving $50 reward playing cards to people getting any dose of the COVID vaccine.

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