MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Health Department (MHD) released on Friday, Feb. 26 an update on the public health and safety order "Moving Milwaukee Forward" related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Order 4.4 features five total criteria: cases, testing, care, safety (PPE) and tracing. Each gating criteria can be assigned a status of GREEN, YELLOW or RED -- red being the most severe.
Over the past week, the Milwaukee Health Department did not report any gating criteria changes but did report a decline in COVID-19 positivity -- which remained in the GREEN.
MHD reported an average of 3.4% positive based on an average of 1,962 tests per day. That is down from 3.9% positive based on an average of 1,975 tests per day the previous week. It is the 12th consecutive MHD report to show declining positivity, having reached as high as 19.1% in early November.
The care and cases criteria remained GREEN, while the other safety and tracing criteria remained in the YELLOW.
"We have reached an important stage in the COVID-19 pandemic where several vaccines are now approved and more people are receiving vaccinations," said Marlaina Jackson, the city's interim health commissioner. "Those of us in the public health field share a sense of optimism while continuing to be wary of a possible reversal of progress."
MHD will continue to monitor the situation and determine if additional protective measures are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The City of Milwaukee's key indicators for Moving Milwaukee Forward Safely have been updated as they are every Thursday and are available online at milwaukee.gov/coronavirus.