COVID-19: Latest News and Updates

With COVID-19 cases and deaths at an all time high, we must stay safe and continue to protect ourselves and others in our community. Keep yourself, your loved ones and our community safe by following public health guidelines and taking protective measures. Visit StaySafeMKE.org for tips on how to stay safe and the latest information on testing. You can also download Stay Safe graphics to show your support and encourage others to #StaySafeMKE.

Stay safe this Thanksgiving

As COVID-19 cases increase in Wisconsin and around the United States, local health officials and the CDC encourage you and your family to plan a healthy and safe holiday! That includes reconsidering gatherings with anyone outside of your household. Milwaukee County is experiencing record levels of confirmed cases and deaths. Travel and gatherings increase the chance of spreading or contracting COVID. Read more.

Four ways college students canhelp protect their families from COVID

Steps college students traveling home for Thanksgiving can take to help to reduce the risk of exposing their families to COVID-19. Read more.

New tool calculates COVID-19 risk of events attendance

The COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool, developed by a Georgia Institute of Technology professor, allows you to calculate the risk of exposure to COVID-19 by attending an event, such as Thanksgiving or Christmas gatherings. Use this tool to calculate the severity of risk of exposure to COVID-19 by entering the number of people who will be in attendance at an event and the county in which the event will take place. Read more.

Urgent need for COVID Convalescent Plasma and blood donations

Consider donating blood today. There is an urgent need for COVID convalescent plasma and blood donations. If you are fully recovered from COVID-19, you may be able to help coronavirus patients in need by donating COVID convalescent plasma (CCP). Please consider donating at Versiti Blood Centers or the American Red Cross.

Frequently asked questions about vaccines

The Medical College of Wisconsin has launched a website providing answers to frequently asked questions about vaccines. Learn the basics of vaccines and why they are so important to the health of our community. Read more.

Milwaukee County Mortgage Assistance Program

The Milwaukee County Housing Division is partnering with Housing Resources, Inc. to provide mortgage assistance through CARES Act funding to eligible homeowners facing mortgage delinquency or foreclosure due to financial hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are being accepted now through Dec. 18, 2020. Homeowners can apply through a web-based application at https://www.hri-wi.org/mortgage-assistance.

Milwaukee County Zoo Update

The Milwaukee County Zoo will host a Family Free day on Dec. 5 and Frosty Free Week on Dec. 26-31. Advanced online registration is required. Read more.

The Milwaukee County Zoo will be closed on:

  • Thanksgiving Day – Nov. 26
  • Christmas Day – Dec. 25
  • New Year’s Day – Jan. 1

Source: Milwaukee’s Unified Emergency Operations Center. The center, made up of the 19 municipalities in Milwaukee County along with the public health officers, health care providers and public safety officers within the County, is committed to providing the most up-to-date information to stop the spread of COVID-19.