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Posted on: October 7, 2020

October 7 Coronavirus Updates

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Limit on Indoor Public Gatherings to 25% of Occupancy 

Gov. Tony Evers yesterday directed Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to issue Emergency Order #3 limiting public gatherings to no more than 25 percent of a room or building’s total occupancy. See full the order and list of exemptions here: https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/WIGOV/2020/10/06/file_attachments/1564232/EmO03-LimitingPublicGatherings.pdf 

State Fair Park Alternate Care Facility to Begin Accepting COVID-19 Patients October 14 

Due to increased COVID-19 hospitalizations and at the request of hospital systems, Gov. Tony Evers announced today the Alternate Care Facility (ACF) at Wisconsin State Fair Park will begin accepting COVID-19 patients within the next week. The announcement comes as Wisconsin health systems experience rising pressure to manage record surges in COVID-19 patient hospitalizations. As of yesterday, there were 853 COVID-19 hospitalizations, an increase of 71 over the day before. Due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in September hospitals are now overwhelmed and fear reaching capacity. 

This alternative care facility is not a hospital and will not accept walk-in patients. The facility will coordinate with healthcare systems to admit patients who still need care but are not seriously ill in need of hospital-level care. It will serve as a transitional facility to offer oxygen and medical care for COVID-19 patients who still need support in their recovery. The goal of this facility is to transition COVID-19 patients who are less ill out of hospitals and reserve hospital beds for patients who are more ill and in need of hospital-level care.   
 
Details regarding the use of the facility, as well as facility staffing levels, will be available in the coming days. General background information regarding the ACF at Wisconsin State Fair Park is available here:  

https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/WIGOV/2020/10/07/file_attachments/1565365/DOA_ACF-FAQ.pdf  

Drive-Thru Flu Clinics 

It’s more important than ever to get your flu shot for the 2020-21 flu season. Luckily, we’re making it easy!  

As we continue to be challenged by the coronavirus, you can protect yourself and loved ones from the flu. Making sure you avoid the flu this year will keep you out of doctor’s offices and emergency rooms, freeing up vital resources to continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus, the flu is no laughing matter: preliminary CDC data for the 2019-2020 flu season, which ended in May, found the flu to be a factor in at least 18 million visits to health providers in the U.S., 410,000 hospitalizations and as many as 64,000 deaths. Don’t take the risk. Protect yourself and loved ones by getting the flu vaccine this year.  

West Allis Health Department is offering three drive-through flu clinics for West Allis-West Milwaukee residents:  

  1. October 14, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., West Allis Farmers Market, 6501 W. National Ave.  
  2. October 17, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Nathan Hale High School, 11601 W. Lincoln Ave. (Enter off of 117th St)  
  3. October 19, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., West Allis Farmers Market, 6501 W. National Ave. 

Learn more: https://www.westalliswi.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1263 

MMSD Household Hazardous Waste Collection Oct. 9 & 10 

Get rid of nasty household chemicals properly (Milwaukee County Residents ONLY.) 

It’s FREE to use MMSD’s Home HazMat Collection Program and you don’t even need to get out of your car. Please visit mmsd.com to view specific details about this drive-thru drop-off event. 

Please enter through Gate 1 off of Greenfield Avenue. Follow the signs around the outside of the Milwaukee Mile on the east side of the track. 

Dates & Times: 
Friday, October 9: 11am – 2pm 
Saturday, October 10: 8am – 2pm 

No parking fee will be charged to enter the park for this event. https://www.mmsd.com/what-you-can-do/home-haz-mat-collection  

Fire Prevention Week Oct. 4 - 10 

This week is Fire Prevention Week 2020. This year's theme is "Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen." Cooking is the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries. We'll be sharing information all week long to help you and your loved ones stay safe in the kitchen, like these tips from Lt. Dombrowski and EO Peterson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuYY9JDwF5o... 

Cybersecurity Awareness Month Week One: If You Connect It, Protect It. 

During week one of October’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), consumers and businesses are encouraged to review the security of their connected devices. With more and more aspects of our lives relying on internet-connected devices, this network of connections creates both opportunities and challenges for individuals and organizations across the globe.If you connect it, protect it. Consumers may not even realize how many devices they regularly use that connect to the internet.  

Evaluating and updating the security on electronic devices is a great first step to cybersecurity. 

1.       Take an inventory of web-connected devices in your home such as gaming devices, smartwatches, thermostats, smart TVs, routers, and voice assistants (Google Home, Amazon Alexa, etc.) and of course computers and phones. 

2.       Once you have accounted for all of the family’s devices update the operating systems and antivirus software on the devices in order to protect against recent viruses and to patch any holes that hackers can use to access your systems. 

3.       Check any accounts associated with these devices and verify that the information is up to date, and passwords and username are strong and secure.  

Additionally consider: 

1.       Use two-factor authentication when available. 

2.       Make your password long, strong and complex. 

3.       Select security questions where only you know the answer. 

Do your part. #BeCyberSmart! 

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Does Not Impact City Services 

City facilities are open and trash/recycling collection will continue as normal on Monday, Oct. 12, Indigenous Peoples’ Day. A reminder that the Morgan Ave. Drop-Off Site is now closed for the season and will re-open in 2021. Fall yard waste collection continues through Nov. 15. 

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