A distinguished native physician mentioned Milwaukee County seems to have turned a nook on COVID-19 with fewer new circumstances. However that bit of fine information, comes with loads of warning.
Dr. Ben Weston is the county’s chief well being coverage advisor and teaches on the Medical School of Wisconsin. He informed reporters Tuesday that the county’s every day new COVID-19 caseload has dropped to about 975, however deaths are actually as much as eight per day.
Weston mentioned the surge is much from over. “Even on the decline, our circumstances proceed to be at file numbers, as does our positivity [percentage of positive tests.] And, as we have seen all through the pandemic, circumstances fall earlier than hospitalizations, which fall earlier than deaths. And that is no exception right here, as we see very excessive numbers of COVID hospitalizations nonetheless, and frequently rising numbers of COVID deaths,” he mentioned.
In response to a request from WUWM, Milwaukee County supplied a better have a look at its roughly 170 COVID-19 deaths thus far this 12 months.
Twenty p.c of those that have handed had been individuals ages 55 to 64, and 71% had been ages 65 and older. About 60% of those that died had been white, 30% Black and seven% Latino.
Newest census figures present Milwaukee county is 64% white and 27% Black.
Weston continued to induce extra individuals to get the COVID-19 vaccine or a booster if eligible, as solely 63% of county residents have acquired not less than one dose and 58% have accomplished the vaccine collection.
Extra COVID-19 warning got here from Dr. Smriti Khare, a well being care supplier at Youngsters’s Wisconsin. She mentioned she’d wish to see extra 5 to 11-year-olds get their shot.
“Solely about 24% of the youngsters within the state of Wisconsin have been vaccinated in that age group. The extra children are vaccinated, the extra the neighborhood is protected, the extra they’re protected,” Khare mentioned.
Khare mentioned we should not simply have a look at the low dying fee amongst youngsters. “There are such a lot of different methods COVID has impacted our children. Most likely the best way we fear about essentially the most is the psychological and behavioral well being of our kids,” she mentioned.
There may be additionally information on the masks entrance. Milwaukee County Govt David Crowley mentioned the state despatched the county 600,000 N95 masks late final week. About one-third have been distributed.
Crowley mentioned county residents can discover out the place they’re accessible. “For masks distribution in your neighborhood, we’re asking you to test your native well being division’s social media channels for any replace you are on the lookout for. We all know there is a excessive demand for prime quality masks,” he mentioned.
The county government mentioned he agrees the risk from COVID-19 is just not over.
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