COVID-19: Latest News & Updates
Milwaukee County Updates to the COVID-19 Dashboard
Since the pandemic began in March, the Milwaukee County COVID-19 dashboard has provided residents with essential information, including the total number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths, race and ethnicity data, and more. The County recently updated the dashboard to include additional data breakdowns by municipality, age, and race/ethnicity. These updates are a step toward greater transparency to county residents and also allow the County to make better-informed decisions to achieve racial equity and become the healthiest county in Wisconsin. Read more.
COVID-19 Tracing App Launches in Wisconsin
A new mobile app to assist in notifying contacts of people who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 is now live. WI Exposure Notification complements the state’s and partner agencies’ efforts in contact tracing by informing Wisconsinites if they’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. This allows them to take steps to keep themselves and those around them safe. According to Governor Tony Evers, “This app is completely voluntary, but the more people who use it, the more effective it will be.” Get the App.
Wisconsin Department of Health Services Launches COVID-19 Vaccine Data Page
To provide Wisconsinites with timely COVID-19 vaccine information, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) launched its new COVID-19 vaccine data page. Data shown includes summary metrics for vaccine allocation, shipment, and total vaccine administered. The page also includes a graph displaying the number of vaccinations administered per day. DHS will update the page at 2 p.m. every Tuesday. Read more.
Keeping Mental Health in Mind
As we continue into winter, it’s important to keep mental health in mind — especially this year. This time of year can pose unique mental health challenges for many people. The Medical College of Wisconsin encourages you to take care of your mental health and know that you’re not alone. For tips to manage stress, coping mechanisms, and information on seasonal affective disorder, click the below button.
Also, remember there are local mental health resources available to help residents. For free help and resources, call the Milwaukee County mental health crisis line at (414) 257-7222. The crisis line is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. More information.
Need Help Managing the Financial Impacts of COVID-19?
Are you stressed about your finances? The Financial Navigators program helps city of Milwaukee residents deal with the financial impacts of COVID-19. The City of Milwaukee, in partnership with Riverworks Development Corporation, created this free service to remotely connect residents with a trained Financial Navigator to receive one-on-one guidance on managing their financial issues. Sign up at Milwaukee.gov/FN or call (414) 882-7440 to get started. Register now.
Source: Milwaukee Responds. Please note: The Milwaukee Responds newsletter will be discontinued in 2021. This is the final edition of the newsletter. For the latest updates on Milwaukee County’s COVID-19 response, watch the twice-weekly media briefings on Tuesdays and Thursdays via County Executive David Crowley’s Facebook page.
Other reliable sources of information include:
- Centers for Disease Control
- Wisconsin Department of Health Services
- Milwaukee County’s COVID-19 Page
- City of Milwaukee Health Department
Medical College of Wisconsin COVID-19 Information