Physician says Milwaukee County COVID-19 caseload is ‘staggering’ | WUWM 89.7 FM

Dr. Ben Weston with the Medical Faculty of Wisconsin and Milwaukee County’s Chief Well being Coverage Advisor gave reporters the newest COVID-19 numbers as of Tuesday afternoon.

“We’re at the moment seeing in Milwaukee County a median of 1,168 new instances per day and about three deaths per day. Our total traits, notably the variety of instances and hospitalizations, have been staggering. Our case numbers are at an all-time report. Our positivity is at a report excessive of 34 %, and our hospitalizations are additionally at a report excessive at 635 individuals hospitalized for COVID,” Weston mentioned.

Weston mentioned he labored fairly a bit in a hospital emergency division in the course of the holidays. There Weston noticed some instances of people that have acquired the COVID-19 vaccination collection, together with the booster dose, nonetheless getting what’s known as a breakthrough an infection of COVID-19. However he mentioned these instances are typically a lot milder than COVID-19 infections involving individuals who haven’t been vaccinated.

“The vaccine is usually the distinction between whether or not you go house to put in your sofa and watch motion pictures, otherwise you’re admitted to the hospital, given steroids to lower the irritation in your physique, laid face all the way down to attempt to redistribute the fluid that builds up in your lungs, and placed on oxygen to maintain your organs functioning,” Weston mentioned.

Dr. Ben Weston speaks to the information media on Tuesday.

Numbers from the Wisconsin Division of Well being Companies present about 62% of Milwaukee County residents have acquired at the least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Roughly 57% have accomplished the vaccine collection. These percentages are greater than in Washington, Racine, Walworth and Kenosha counties, however path Waukesha and Ozaukee counties.

Milwaukee Appearing Mayor Cavalier Johnson urged extra individuals to get vaccinated. He reported that just about 35% of eligible metropolis residents have gotten the vaccine booster along with the preliminary vaccine collection.

Johnson additionally urged individuals to put on a masks in public, “and think about upgrading your material masks to a surgical masks or a KN-95 choice. They’re more practical towards COVID-19.”

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Milwaukee Appearing Mayor Cavalier Johnson speaks reporters Tuesday.

Though he reported testing optimistic for COVID-19 earlier this week, Johnson mentioned he has gentle signs and all the time wears a masks in public. Johnson mentioned the town is holding off on a masks requirement.

“This isn’t merely a political resolution. It is one based mostly on session with people who’re specialists on COVID-19, who’re specialists on well being as nicely,” Johnson mentioned.

A type of specialists is Milwaukee Well being Commissioner Kirsten Johnson, who mentioned she believes the suburbs will not go for a masks requirement. With individuals crossing the Milwaukee border on a regular basis, she mentioned it does not make sense for the town to have a masks mandate.

Plus, Johnson mentioned the Wisconsin Supreme Court docket could rule quickly on the facility of well being departments to order such a requirement.

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Milwaukee Well being Commissioner Kirsten Johnson speaks throughout Tuesday’s media briefing.

Milwaukee is opening a pair extra cell vaccination websites this week and growing employees at three metropolis clinics that provide COVID-19 testing. Commissioner Johnson mentioned extra Milwaukee police are being stationed at these clinics due to altercations or threats of violence involving drivers dealing with lengthy strains.

“The problem has been individuals getting out of their automobiles, and so, in case you are at one among our testing websites, please keep in your automotive. It is the most secure place to be, each from the angle of spreading the virus, but additionally, simply when it comes to particular person security,” Commissioner Johnson mentioned.

Johnson famous there are privately-run COVID-19 testing websites that may be discovered on the healthymke.com web site. She mentioned she’s additionally working with a non-public lab that will open extra testing websites quickly.

Dr. Weston mentioned based mostly on his current hospital emergency division work, do not attempt there.

“We wish to must room to take care of the people who find themselves sick, whether or not it is from COVID or coronary heart points, or strokes, or the whole lot else individuals have. And subsequently, we would like the oldsters who simply want testing to frankly go someplace else,” Weston mentioned.

Weston additionally really useful visiting the healthymke.com web site for extra details about vaccines and COVID-19 check websites. The Metropolis of Milwaukee additionally has out there info at city.milwaukee.gov/CovidVax.

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