Distinguished Wisconsin Physician Says Get pleasure from Labor Day, However Use Warning Due To COVID-19 | WUWM 89.7 FM

Extra persons are anticipated to assemble for picnics, Summerfest and different occasions throughout the Labor Day weekend.

The state of Wisconsin’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ryan Westergaard, urges doing so cautiously, because of the latest surge in COVID-19 instances. On Wednesday, Westergaard instructed the information media that there is some proof that when individuals get collectively for holidays, the COVID-19 caseload goes up a bit.

“If you happen to take a look at knowledge particularly on our internet web page, you will see one huge curve, a wave of infections, beginning in November-December and going via early winter. Embedded in there, you may truly see — and you may see this on the nationwide knowledge as nicely — little upticks. There’s one for Thanksgiving. There’s one for Christmas/New Yr’s,” Westergaard mentioned.

Westergaard really helpful to re-think gatherings. If indoors, put on masks, or think about canceling if anybody in your loved ones or group has proven COVID-19 signs. Encourage vaccinations.

He mentioned over the newest seven-day interval, the state is averaging about 1,700 new COVID-19 instances a day, and eight deaths per day.

That is nonetheless nicely beneath final winter’s peak numbers. However Westergaard mentioned the pandemic not solely takes a ballot on individuals with the coronavirus but in addition on those that attempt to take care of them.

“We now have a really worn-out hospital staffing system in Wisconsin and the US. I used to be within the hospital this morning speaking to nurses, and they’re drained and burned out,” Westergaard mentioned.


Dr. Ryan Westergaard speaks to the information media Wednesday. He’s Chief Medical Officer and State Epidemiologist for Communicable Ailments, inside the Wisconsin Division of Well being Providers.

The Wisconsin Hospital Affiliation studies greater than 900 COVID sufferers in hospitals, about one-third greater from a month in the past. About 30% of these hospitalized are in intensive care.

Westergaard’s recommendation comes as Summerfest formally begins Thursday and continues via Saturday. Then, it runs for the next two weekends, September 11th of September and 16-18, 2021. The pageant is requiring individuals to point out proof of vaccination or a brand new damaging COVID take a look at. Masks are really helpful for adults in indoor areas, and youngsters underneath 12 all over the place.

Westergaard usually praised the precautions. “And once we layer these preventions, we will make these actions as secure as attainable, however the danger will not be zero,” he mentioned.

With extra colleges getting underway, he urged masks to be worn at school buildings.

This week, Racine handed a legislation requiring masks in indoor public areas.

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