City of Milwaukee issues indoor mask advisory
The Milwaukee Health Department issued an indoor mask advisory Thursday, citing increasing hospitalizations for COVID-19, among other key factors, in line with CDC's community spread designations. The advisory is not an ordinance, but individuals over age 2 are advised to wear a mask in indoor public places, regardless vaccination status.
Read the complete statement below.
City of Milwaukee Mask Advisory
On May 19, 2022, Milwaukee County moved into the CDC’s “high” level of COVID-19 community spread. This level is based on three indicators: new cases per 100,000 people in the last seven days, new hospital admissions with COVID-19 per 100,000 people in the last seven days, and percent of inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients.
In accordance with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations at this COVID-19 Community Level, the Milwaukee Health Department issues a mask advisory for the city of Milwaukee. All individuals, regardless of vaccination status or past COVID-19 infection, should wear a mask at all times when indoors and in a public setting. This advisory applies to all individuals in Milwaukee over the age of two years who can medically tolerate wearing a mask.
Masking is a critical public health tool and a key layer of protection against transmitting and contracting COVID-19. While different types of masks provide different levels of protection, it is important to remember any mask, worn consistently and snugly, is better than no mask. Higher-quality masks, such as KN95 masks and N95 respirators, can offer an additional layer of protection. For those without access to a higher-quality mask, wearing twos masks is an option to increase protection.
In addition to masking, the Milwaukee Health Department strongly advises implementing a layered mitigation strategy: stay up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccines, physically distance and avoid crowded spaces, improve ventilation of indoor spaces, practice thorough hand hygiene, and test to prevent spread when sick or identified as a close contact.