Milwaukee health leaders encourage boosters as Covid rates remain in 'extreme transmission' category

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Omicron accounts for all new Covid cases in Wisconsin. 

Health officials in Milwaukee are seeing a rise in the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants.

The Milwaukee Health Department updated city leaders at a committee hearing Thursday morning, July 21. Officials say Covid rates have remained in extreme transmission throughout the summer. 

This time last year, Wisconsin was not seeing such a high rate of cases and transmission.

"It's being highly encouraged that any individual who is currently not up to date and eligible for a booster dose get themselves boosted," said Dr. Heather Paradis, medical director at the Milwaukee Health Department.

Last week, health officials issued a mask advisory. 

The CDC recommends everyone masks indoors and in crowded places.

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