Governor Evers and State Public Health Officials Encourages Residents to Wear a Mask and Limit Exposure Ahead of Labor Day Weekend
Over 20% of confirmed cases associated with group gatherings
Ahead of Labor Day weekend, Wisconsin Governor Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services urges Wisconsinites to celebrate responsibly by taking precautions to reduce community spread of COVID-19.
“As we celebrate Labor Day, we need to remember that COVID-19 spreads through the air,” said Governor Tony Evers. “So try celebrating with safe activities like a family BBQ or a hike at one of Wisconsin’s beautiful state parks. When you are with someone outside of your household, remember that wearing a face covering protects both you and them.”
Current public health research(link is external) supports community use of masks to prevent transmission of COVID-19. Wearing a mask in public spaces is an effective way to reduce the presence of respiratory droplets in the air that can help spread COVID-19. States that instituted mask mandates experienced significant declines(link is external) in daily COVID-19 infection rates compared with states with no statewide mask mandates.
“Even if you are asymptomatic, you can still spread the virus to others, said DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. “Face coverings, along with physical distancing, good hand hygiene, and limiting interactions with people you do not live with are the most effective tools we have to stop the spread.”
For help thinking through relevant considerations when deciding on a Labor Day activity, check out the Decision Tool for Individuals and Families. The tool will prompt you to consider important factors like the health of the people you live with, the potential exposure of the activity, and community concerns.
Up-to-date information about Wisconsin’s COVID-19 response, can be found on the DHS COVID-19 webpage. We encourage you to follow @DHSWI on Facebook(link is external), Twitter(link is external), or dhs.wi on Instagram(link is external) for more information on COVID-19.
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