Milwaukee Respods to the Coronavirus Outbreak: Latest Updates
The Milwaukee Unified Emergency Operations Center continues to put out up-to-date information for the citizens of Milwaukee County. This information is also available in the COVID-19 section on the Resources page of our website.
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Confirmed Cases in Milwaukee County 18,827
Confirmed Deaths in Milwaukee County: 381
Milwaukee County Updates Universal Masking Order
Milwaukee County has updated the administrative order requiring masks at County facilities, with changes going into effect Saturday, August 1. Updates include:
- Anyone 3 years old or older is required to wear a face mask upon entry into any indoor Milwaukee County facility or service area.
- Masks are required on Milwaukee County Transit System buses and at Mitchell International Airport.
Bus operators will enforce the mask policy and MCTS will provide a limited number of disposable, single-use masks to riders who do not have their own mask. Face masks will be available at the customer service desks at the airport while federal supplies last.
Residents will be required to wear a mask outdoors when they are within 6 feet of someone who is not a family member or member of their household when at an outdoor County facility or on County grounds.
Masks will be available at the Zoo to those who do not bring their own mask, but the County will not typically supply masks at outdoor Parks spaces (beer gardens, parks, marinas, beaches).
Free Mask Locations
Need a mask? There are several Milwaukee organizations partnering to make masks available to residents.
- VISIT Milwaukee and MMAC dropped off 50,000 masks at Milwaukee CITGO stations. Residents can pick up a free mask on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last.
- MaskUpMke can provide masks to those in need in its effort to keep Milwaukee safe. People can fill out this easy mask request form here. The Fiserv Forum also serves as the distribution site for 2.5 million non-surgical face masks from MaskUpMKE.
- The Milwaukee Health Department has been working hard to ensure masks are available to individuals and households at accessible locations throughout our community including:
- Keenan Health Clinic – 3200 N. 36th St.
- Northwest Health Center – 7630 W. Mill Road
Southside Health Center – 1639 S. 23rd St.
Flu Season is Coming
With fall on the horizon, that means influenza season is coming. While influenza is not as contagious or as deadly as COVID-19, the flu has a major effect on health systems. Flu season paired with the increasing burden from COVID-19 will be challenging. There is an effective vaccine that protects against the flu. This year it will be more important than ever to get your flu shot. The best time to get your flu vaccine is in September and October. The CDC has information available on this year’s flu season on its website.
National Guard Testing Locations
The National Guard COVID-19 testing sites continue to operate this week. Please see below for locations, dates and times.
North Side & South Side Locations
- Custer Stadium – 4300 W. Fairmount Ave., Milwaukee
Across the street from Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education
- UMOS – 2710 S. Chase Ave., Milwaukee
- Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
- Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Sunday: Closed
As a reminder, Federally Qualified Health Centers and private health providers continue to provide tests for symptomatic individuals. Call 2-1-1 or visit 211 online to find the testing location nearest to you.
CDC Recommendations on Social Activities
As communities start to reopen, it is vital we resume daily activities as safely as possible. The CDC has issued updated guidelines for going out to restaurants, hosting gatherings, visiting stores, traveling and more.
If you engage in public activities, continue to protect yourself by practicing everyday preventive actions, like frequent hand washing, keeping a distance of at least six feet between yourself and others, using a face covering over your nose and mouth when out in public, and covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
Complete the 2020 U.S. Census
It’s not too late to be counted! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline to complete the 2020 U.S. Census has been extended to October 31. The census determines congressional representation, informs hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding every year, and provides data that will impact communities for the next decade.
Complete the 2020 U.S. Census
As Wisconsin reopens, we must stay safe and continue to protect ourselves and others in our community from COVID-19. 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.