Positive Sign: COVID-19 Disease Burden Declining From July Spike

From the South Milwaukee and St. Francis Health Department …

After spiking in late July, the burden of disease rate in the City of South Milwaukee is trending downward. How is the burden rate calculated? The burden rate is calculated as the total number of cases over a 14 day period divided by population and then multiplied by 100,000 in an effort to compare equally with other municipalities.

  • August 14, 2020 Situational Briefing, including burden rate: https://bit.ly/0814SitBriefing
  • For information on where you can get tested for COVID-19 in your community, visit: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/community-testing.htm
  • The Health Department follows up on all positive, probable, and suspected cases, including contact tracing, to help limit the spread of the virus. On average, each positive confirmed case has approximately 5 contacts. If the positive case is an essential employee in a business, the number of contacts may be much higher. For more information on contact tracing, visit: https://bit.ly/SMContactTracing

While the decline in burden locally is certainly good news, we can’t let up. We must take steps to limit the spread of the virus and keep everyone safe, avoiding high-risk situations.

Mask up, and stay safe, South Milwaukee.

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