Milwaukee issues mask advisory after moving into 'high' COVID-19 spread

Milwaukee issues mask advisory after moving into ‘high’ COVID-19 spread

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Milwaukee issues mask advisory after moving into ‘high’ COVID-19 spread

The health department says all individuals, regardless of vaccination status or past infection, should wear a mask when indoors and in a public setting.

With Milwaukee County moving into the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “high” level of COVID-19 community spread on Thursday, the Milwaukee Health Department has issued a mask advisory for the city of Milwaukee.Continuing Coverage: COVID-19 in WisconsinThe “high” COVID-19 level is based on three indicators: New cases per 100,000 people in the last seven days, new hospital admissions with COVID-19 per 100,000 people in the last seven days, and percent of inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients.The health department said all individuals, regardless of vaccination status or past COVID-19 infection, should wear a mask at all times when indoors and in a public setting. The advisory applies to all individuals in Milwaukee older than the age of 2 years old who can medically tolerate wearing a mask. The health department adds that higher-quality masks, such as KN95 masks and N95 respirators, can offer an additional layer of protection. In addition to masking, the Milwaukee Health Department strongly advises implementing a layered mitigation strategy: Stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccines, physically distance and avoid crowded spaces, improve ventilation of indoor spaces, practice thorough hand hygiene, and test to prevent spread when sick or identified as a close contact.Sign up for COVID-19 email alerts from WISNGet breaking news alerts with the WISN 12 app.Follow us: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

With Milwaukee County moving into the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “high” level of COVID-19 community spread on Thursday, the Milwaukee Health Department has issued a mask advisory for the city of Milwaukee.

Continuing Coverage: COVID-19 in Wisconsin

The “high” COVID-19 level is based on three indicators: New cases per 100,000 people in the last seven days, new hospital admissions with COVID-19 per 100,000 people in the last seven days, and percent of inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients.

The health department said all individuals, regardless of vaccination status or past COVID-19 infection, should wear a mask at all times when indoors and in a public setting.

The advisory applies to all individuals in Milwaukee older than the age of 2 years old who can medically tolerate wearing a mask.

The health department adds that higher-quality masks, such as KN95 masks and N95 respirators, can offer an additional layer of protection.

In addition to masking, the Milwaukee Health Department strongly advises implementing a layered mitigation strategy: Stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccines, physically distance and avoid crowded spaces, improve ventilation of indoor spaces, practice thorough hand hygiene, and test to prevent spread when sick or identified as a close contact.

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