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Milwaukee County transitions to highest COVID-19 CDC level as cases, hospitalizations increase

Posted at 7:56 PM, May 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-20 11:16:50-04

Milwaukee Countyhas transitioned to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) highest COVID-19 community level Thursday, according to Dr. Ben Weston.

Dr. Weston is the Chief Health Policy Advisor for Milwaukee County. He shared the news on Twitter Thursday, saying the change is due to the use of hospital beds, including the ICU.

According to Dr. Weston, the transition to the highest level for Milwaukee County means:

  • Wear a mask indoors in public
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
  • Get tested if you have symptoms

Dr. Weston said earlier Thursday that it was possible Milwaukee County was about to transition. He said this happens when there are not only many cases, but also many hospitalizations.

According to the CDC, moving to high levels means mitigation strategies and healthcare surge support, Dr. Weston tweeted.

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