Milwaukee-area well being officers warn COVID-19 will not be taking the vacations off | WUWM 89.7 FM

Native well being officers say this ought to be a time of the yr to be with household and pals. However the medical consultants are warning to be very cautious about vacation gatherings, as a result of present surge in COVID-19 numbers.

On Tuesday, Dr. Ben Weston of the Medical Faculty of Wisconsin and Milwaukee County mentioned there are about 470 new COVID circumstances within the county per day, and the county has gone as much as about six deaths per day.

“That is various day by day COVID deaths that we have now not seen since nearly one yr in the past. And as for our traits, that is an ongoing theme, we’re nearly precisely the place we have been a yr in the past, with respect to circumstances, hospitalizations, in addition to deaths,” Weston advised information reporters.

Dr. Ben Weston speaks throughout Tuesday’s briefing on COVID-19.

Greenfield Well being Director Darren Rausch mentioned if the upper caseload continues, there may very well be greater than 3,300 new circumstances within the county over the following week, 1,000 greater than the previous seven days. Rausch mentioned the county’s COVID reproductive charge has been practically 1.5 just lately, that means on common one particular person may infect 1. 5 others, “which suggests we will proceed to see circumstances enhance within the subsequent couple weeks, at a minimal, and that does not embody any potential vacation exposures that may come,” Rausch warned.

Rausch mentioned a bit of fine information is that late final week, the reproductive (R) charge slipped barely under one, the brink well being officers say ultimately may result in a decline in circumstances. However not instantly.

Officers proceed to advertise getting the COVID vaccine or a booster for these eligible. However Rausch mentioned he is troubled by some native disparities, together with that vaccination charges in Milwaukee County suburbs are roughly ten share factors greater than within the metropolis of Milwaukee.

Rausch additionally mentioned there are racial disparities.

“Whereas some inhabitants teams are actually above 50%, we’re seeing vaccination charges within the African American neighborhood slightly below 40%. So, we all know there are efforts to made in these communities. A few of the methods we are able to proceed to do this is to be good messengers and good stewards of knowledge. Attain out to household and pals and family members,” Rausch mentioned.

Native well being consultants say vaccinated or not, in case you are gathering for upcoming holidays, get a fast check for COVID-19 the day of your gathering, or a extra complete check known as a PCR, a pair days earlier than the occasion.

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