FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 2, 2022
City of Milwaukee Weekly COVID-19 Update
MILWAUKEE – This week, Milwaukee County remains at the medium COVID-19 community level, based on guidelines from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This level is determined by three parameters: new admissions of COVID-19 per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 7 days, percentage of hospital beds occupied by patients with COVID-19 and total number of new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 7 days. .
In Milwaukee County, the case rate per 100,000 population is 183.9. This includes the city of Milwaukee’s rate of 160.0 per 100,000. There were 12.8 new COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population, and 3.8% of staffed inpatient beds are in use. by patients with confirmed COVID-19. Additional metrics, such as caseload and percent positivity, can be accessed on MHD’s COVID-19 Data Dashboards.
On September 1, 2022, the CDC released new recommendations for COVID-19 boosters, after the FDA cleared updated booster formulas from Pfizer and Moderna. The CDC recommends that all eligible people keep up to date with their vaccinations by receiving an updated booster dose at least 2 months after their last injection of COVID-19, either since their last booster dose or since the end of their primary series.
Pfizer’s updated booster is recommended for people 12 and older, and Moderna’s updated booster is recommended for adults 18 and older. Eligible people can get the updated booster from Pfizer or Moderna, whether their primary series or most recent dose was with Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax, or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
These new boosters contain an updated bivalent formula that both boosts immunity against the original coronavirus strain and also protects against the new Omicron variants that account for most current cases. The updated boosters are intended to provide optimal protection against the virus and address the decline in vaccine effectiveness over time.
In accordance with CDC recommendations, the new bivalent booster replaces the existing monovalent vaccine booster, therefore, this vaccine will no longer be authorized for use as booster doses in individuals 12 years of age and older. Currently, 65.4% of adults in the city of Milwaukee ages 16 and older are fully vaccinated, and 51.3% of fully vaccinated people have received a booster dose.
Pending final approval from Wisconsin DHS, the Milwaukee Health Department hopes to begin administering this new booster dose next week. Further updates will be available as details are finalized.
The federal free home testing program was suspended on Friday, September 2 due to a lack of funding to replenish the national stockpile of COVID-19 tests. Households in Wisconsin are entitled to five free at-home COVID-19 tests provided by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, sent directly to their homes. These free at-home COVID-19 tests can be ordered at sayyescovidhometest.org.
Additionally, most people with a health plan can go online, or to a pharmacy or store, to purchase an over-the-counter COVID-19 diagnostic test at home authorized by the States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). States at no cost, either for reimbursement or free of charge through their insurance. Insured persons interested in exploring this option can learn more about the Medicare and Medicaid Service Centers website.
On Labor Day, Milwaukee Health Department offices, clinics, and COVID-19 sites will be closed from Saturday, September 3 through Monday, September 5. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, September 6. Locations and normal hours can be found at Milwaukee.gov/covidvax.