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MADISON – As the three-day Labor Day weekend is about to begin, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) encourages Wisconsinites to celebrate safely and continue taking steps to protect themselves and others against COVID-19.

As of this week, both Wisconsin and Racine County are seeing very high case activity, The 7-day statewide average of new confirmed cases on Wednesday was 1,699 and COVID-19 cases continue to rise. Getting vaccinated against COVID-19, wearing a mask, avoiding indoor gatherings, staying home if you feel sick, and following other public health best practices are important steps everyone can take to stay safe and help prevent further spread of COVID-19 in their communities.

Starting Saturday, the City of Racine will again require that face masks be worn indoors by anyone age 5 and younger. The city ordinance does not apply to private residences or private offices that are not open to the public.

“COVID-19 cases are rising in Wisconsin due to the more contagious Delta variant. People who are not yet fully vaccinated continue to make up the significant majority of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths,” Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Chief Medical Officer and State Epidemiologist for Communicable Diseases said in a news release. “It is critical that we take action now to prevent further spread of the virus. Let’s use all of our effective prevention tools: Get vaccinated, wear masks when gathering indoors, and stay home if you’re feeling sick, especially if planning get-togethers with others over the holiday weekend.”

Among the DHS recommendations for Labor Day weekend are:

  • If you plan to celebrate with people you do not live with, keep activities outdoors.
  • Everyone, even fully vaccinated people, should pack a mask wherever they go. Masks should be worn indoors everywhere in Wisconsin because our entire state has a high risk of transmission.
  • Stay home if you’re feeling sick. If you become sick after attending a gathering, isolate from others and get tested for COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated.

For guidance and tips on celebrating safely, visit the DHS COVID-19: Staying Safe in Your Community webpage.

Getting vaccinated remains a key tool in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death. The Wisconsin Vaccine Reward Program is now offering $100 to Wisconsin residents who get their first dose of any COVID-19 vaccine now through Labor Day, September 6. Talk with your family and friends who are not yet vaccinated and encourage them to get vaccinated for the best protection against COVID-19.

For information, resources, and data related to Wisconsin’s COVID-19 vaccination program, visit the COVID-19 vaccine page.

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