Milwaukee mask advisory in effect, not a mandate, as COVID-19 spreads

The city of Milwaukee Health Department is advising residents to wear masks at public settings indoors amid rising cases and the circulation of the BA.5 variant of COVID-19.

The advisory is in effect for all individuals older than 2 regardless of vaccination status or prior infection. Early research indicates that BA.5, now the country’s dominant variant, is “seemingly more transmissible and more immune-evading” than other variants, the advisory states.

The CDC’s finding of “high” COVID-19 spread in Milwaukee County was based on 294.91 new cases per 100,000 people in the last week, 12.8 new hospital admissions with COVID-19 per 100,000 people in that time period and 3.4% of inpatient beds occupied by patients with confirmed COVID-19.

Source: Milwaukee mask advisory in effect, not a mandate, as COVID-19 spreads