Friday, July 3, 2020

State officials sound alarm over increase in COVID-19 cases driven by young people

From The Journal

Free community testing for COVID-19 is available at the Alliant Energy Center  from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. No appointment or registration is necessary.

Wisconsin officials are calling on residents to stay home and take extra precautions ahead of the holiday weekend as the state experiences a surge of COVID-19 cases driven in part by young people.
Cases among people in their 20s have surged from 11% of total cases in early April to 23% of total cases currently as bars, restaurants and businesses across most of the state have opened their doors. Total positive COVID-19 cases reported in Wisconsin have increased to 29,199, and deaths stand at 793. About 20% of all COVID-19 cases in the state have tested positive within the last two weeks.
“This message is especially important for younger people to hear,” Gov. Tony Evers said in a statement. “We know this is a time people like to celebrate with friends, but COVID-19 is still spreading in our state, and we need everyone to take the necessary precautions.”
Evers and DHS Secretary Andrea Palm are urging Wisconsinites, especially young people, to stay home, practice physical distancing and wear cloth face coverings when possible.
The DHS also recommends avoiding groups and gatherings, especially those of more than 10 or more people; staying at least 6 feet away from other people when possible; staying home when sick; and handwashing. To enjoy summer safely, DHS also recommends exploring the outdoors locally and with people you live with, and avoid sharing food.

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