Northwest COVID Response Update – March 2022:

 

We are now two plus years into the pandemic. With current high levels of vaccination and high levels of population immunity from both vaccination and infections, the risk of medically significant disease, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19 is greatly reduced for most people.


Changing realities

  1.  Almost 65% of the state is vaccinated. 85% of those over 65 are vaccinated in WI.
  2. CDC recently updated their recommendation about COVID-19 prevention measures (March 17th, 2022)
  3. Case rates in Milwaukee County — the 7-day percent positive by test rate has not been above 5% since 2/18/2022.  Now at 1.9%
  4. Milwaukee County Key Indicator all Green or Yellow (vaccination).

 

CDC Recommends Community Levels
COVID-19 Community Levels can help communities and individuals make decisions based on their local context and their unique needs. Community vaccination coverage and other local information, like early alerts from surveillance, such as through wastewater or the number of emergency department visits for COVID-19, when available, can also inform decision making for health officials and individuals.

CDC looks at the combination of three metrics — new COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population in the past 7 days, the percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients, and total new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population in the past 7 days — to determine the COVID-19 community level. New COVID-19 admissions and the percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied represent the current potential for strain on the health system. Data on new cases acts as an early warning indicator of potential increases in health system strain in the event of a COVID-19 surge.

 

Recommendations:

As of March 2022:

  1. Recommend that we pivot to the new CDC Covid-19 Community Level recommendations – This would help us continue to follow CDC guidance (not just our own) and also allow for a clear path if (and when) levels change again in the fall and likely for the next 1-2 years.

 

LOW
Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
Get tested if you have symptoms
If you have symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 you should wear a mask

 

MEDIUM
Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
Get tested if you have symptoms
If you have symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 you should wear a mask
PLUS
If you are immunocompromised or high risk consider wearing a mask

 

HIGH
Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
Get tested if you have symptoms
If you have symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 you should wear a mask
PLUS
Wear a well fitting mask indoors regardless of vaccination status

 

 

You can use the widget below to check the current COVID Community Level for Milwaukee County, and other counties in the region.