Milwaukee County reaches 2021 excessive mark of COVID-19 hospitalizations | WUWM 89.7 FM

Native well being officers are including to current state warnings in regards to the improve in COVID circumstances.

In Milwaukee County, a mean of greater than 400 individuals are being recognized with COVID daily, and there is a mean of almost 5 deaths each two days.

Dr. Ben Weston of Milwaukee County Emergency Administration and the Medical Faculty of Wisconsin mentioned the COVID circumstances are resulting in a brand new excessive for this 12 months at native hospitals.

“Monday, we noticed a brand new 2021 file for COVID hospitalizations within the county — 299 folks. That is almost 40 extra folks hospitalized with COVID simply over the weekend, and statewide, we’re actually combating hospital capability,” Weston mentioned throughout a Tuesday briefing.

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Dr. Ben Weston listens throughout a Tuesday afternoon briefing about COVID-19.

Weston mentioned whereas the highly-publicized Omicron variant of the coronavirus has been present in Wisconsin, it is nonetheless the Delta variant inflicting the issues.

Metropolis of Greenfield Well being Director Darren Rausch mentioned when a seven-day common, the Milwaukee County suburbs at present have a better case progress fee for COVID-19 than the town of Milwaukee. Rausch mentioned vaccination charges are greater within the suburbs, so he mentioned different prevention steps could also be missing.

“If we’ve a group that has colleges the place they aren’t requiring masking…you realize, perhaps excessive colleges aren’t masked and others are…these are having an affect,” Rausch mentioned.

Rausch mentioned that colleges aren’t the whole concern.

“While you go to sure communities, it is simple to really feel just like the pandemic is over, as a result of nobody’s carrying a masks, nobody is doing the issues we all know that retains them secure. However, in case you go right into a group like Madison, you see plenty of masks, you see reminders like signage on shops and at companies,” Rausch mentioned.

Well being officers proceed to advertise getting the COVID-19 vaccine, or a booster dose. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett mentioned the town has lastly achieved full vaccination standing for 60% of its residents who’re ages 16 and over. Barrett additionally mentioned 65% of the town has obtained no less than one shot.

Milwaukee barely trails grownup vaccination charges seen in Ozaukee and Racine counties, however is effectively forward of Dodge and Walworth counties.

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