COVID-19 General

8/02/21: Cudahy Letter to the Community regarding vaccination, masking guidance and Delta variant
4/13/21: CDC and FDA Call for Pause on J &J Vaccinations Press Release
2/19/21: CHD is moving from our Phased Reopening Model to a longer-term plan of Safe Practices Guidelines. These guidelines align with other suburban municipalities in Milwaukee County. See Letter to Community.
12/28/20: South Shore Testing Site extended to March 2021 press release

Southeastern Region Health Alert & Call to Action for additional information on how you can help stop the spread
: Letter to the community from CHD & the School District of Cudahy

What is the latest information?

The Delta variant is highly infectious and is spreading more quickly than any other strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the virus that causes COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself, your family, and your community from COVID-19 and the Delta variant is to get vaccinated. From January 1, 2021 through July 22, 2021, over 98 percent of COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin occurred among people who were not fully vaccinated.

The Cudahy Health Department (CHD) and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) supports CDC’s recommendations that everyone in areas with substantial and high transmission, including fully vaccinated individuals, wear a mask in public indoor settings. Furthermore, all teachers, staff, students, and visitors of K-12 schools should wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status. In Wisconsin, and nationally, increasing case numbers and growing circulation of the more transmissible Delta variant prompts this updated guidance.

Per CDC’s classifications of community transmission, Cudahy and Milwaukee County are currently areas of HIGH transmission. CHD data is updated weekly on the Cudahy COVID-19 Disease Activity dashboard.


The latest science shows that we need to change behavior to respond to the Delta variant. Delta variant is more contagious than previously known variants and that requires us to change our recommendations.

1. GETTING VACCINATED prevents severe illness, hospitalization, and death; it also helps reduce the spread of the virus in communities.
  • We STRONGLY encourage everyone to get vaccinated.
  • Unvaccinated people should get vaccinated and continue masking until they are fully vaccinated
  • With the Delta variant, this is more urgent than ever.
2. Data show DELTA IS DIFFERENT THAN PAST VERSIONS of the virus: it is much more contagious. The highest spread of cases and severe outcomes is happening in places with low vaccination rates and among unvaccinated people.
  • Some vaccinated people can get the Delta variant in a breakthrough infection and may be contagious.
  • Even so, vaccinated individuals represent a very small amount of transmission occurring around the country.
  • Virtually all hospitalizations and deaths continue to be among the unvaccinated.
3. Milwaukee County is currently a high transmission area. In areas with substantial and high transmission, CDC recommends that everyone (including fully vaccinated individuals) wear a mask in public indoor settings to help prevent spread of the Delta variant and protect others.

4. CDC recommends that community leaders encourage vaccination and masking
to prevent further outbreaks in areas of substantial and high transmission.

What is public health doing about COVID-19? 

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is actively responding to both the national and global outbreak. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 in Wisconsin and the United States. The Cudahy Health Department routinely plans, trains, and exercises with partner agencies on responses to pandemics or infectious diseases. We are monitoring developments related to COVID-19 as they happen. 

On October 6, 2020, Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm issued Emergency Order #3, Limiting Public Gatherings, to slow the rapid spread of COVID-19, effective October 8, 2020 ar 8:00am. Read the frequently asked questions (FAQ) here

Governor Evers has issued Executive Order #82 declaring a public health emergency and a statewide face covering requirement. The order takes effect on August 1st and will expire on November 21st, 2020. Read the frequently asked questions (FAQ) here

Cudahy Health Department continues to work with public health leaders to guide recommendations for businesses and individuals to make informed reopening choices using these key indicators. Please see the “Safe Practice Guidelines” chart along with letter to the community.

  • Key indicators such as health care capacity, total tests performed, contact tracing and isolation capacity, and the availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) will continue to be monitored and can be found on the Milwaukee County of Emergency Management dashboard on the Key Indicators tab (found at the bottom of the dashboard). 
  • Public health officials will continue to monitor key indicators weekly to provide residents and businesses a realistic, data-driven approach to understanding the current COVID-19 situation. We will communicate to the public regularly via social media and on our website.

Where can I find guidance for my business to reopen? 

Cudahy developed general guidelines to follow when businesses reopen.  Additionally, 
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has guidelines for various business industry openings:                       
- General guidelines

What can I do to stay healthy?

The best way to stay healthy is to take everyday preventive actions:

How can I find out more information?                                                               

Additional COVID-19 resources