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
10/29/20: Southeastern Region Health Alert & Call to Action for additional information on how you can help stop the spread
10/20/20: 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.
WHAT ARE THE TOP 5 THINGS I NEED TO KNOW? (updated 7/30/21)
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.
- 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.
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
The best way to stay healthy is to take everyday preventive actions:
- Washing hands often with soap and water
- Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue, sleeve, or your arm
- Stay home if you are feeling sick
- Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- CDC does recommends that people wear a cloth face covering to help slow the spread of COVID-19
- Tips for Staying Safe
Additional COVID-19 resources
- CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 website
- Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 website
- Download a window sign for your Cudahy business to demonstrate your health safety practices
- Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with COVID-19?
- Think you have COVID-19 symptoms? Complete an online self-assessment through the Wisconsin Health Department.
PRESS RELEASES & MEDIA
- 1/26/21 Press Release: City of Cudahy announces new Health Officer
- 10/9/20 Press Release: Health Departments in the South Shore Unite with Local Partners to Bridge COVID-19 Testing Access Gaps
- 5/15/20 Press Release: Cudahy withdraws Safer at Home
- 3/23/20 Press Release: Cudahy Health Department Positive COVID-19 Cases
- 1/7/20 Press Release: CUDAHY RECEIVES $1.2 MILLION FOR IMPROVING REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
- 8/14/19 Press Release: CUDAHY E-CIGARETTE ORDINANCE A HUGE STRIDE TOWARD IMPROVING PUBLIC HEALTH
- Opioid Epidemic Across the South Shore Press Release
- Journel Sentinel Article on Innovative Approach to fighting Opioid Crisis