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State health officials urge Wisconsinites to stay home over Fourth of July weekend

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Family gathering at Ochsner Park, Baraboo, 2019 file photo

MADISON (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin Department of Health services urged state residents to stay home over the Fourth of July weekend to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The cautionary notice came in a press release from the agency sent Thursday.

“This message is especially important for younger people to hear,” said Gov. Tony Evers. “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.”

Wisconsin has seen a recent spike in infections, driven largely by infections in younger people.

DHS said nearly 20 percent of all COVID-19 infections in the state have come in the past two weeks. Measurable spread of the disease in Wisconsin began nearly four months ago, in March.

"Twenty-three percent of our total cases in Wisconsin are people in their 20s," said DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. "Compare that to our cases in early April when 11% of positive cases were in their 20s."

Public Health Madison & Dane County identified barbecues, a Fourth of July celebratory staple, as one of the activities that have contributed to the recent increase in cases. PHMDC also identified bars and family gatherings as other COVID-19 spread hot spots.

JT Cestkowski

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