Dr. Ben Weston Updates Us on the Local Coronavirus Numbers

“It’s awfully tempting to feel like we’re coming to the end of coronavirus. The weather changes and orders change on a political level, but the virus still remains, and the importance of physical distancing still remains.”

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Milwaukee County’s Emergency Management Medical Director Ben Weston joined Milwaukee Magazine Editor and Publisher Carole Nicksin for a livestream lunch Thursday to talk about coronavirus updates in the area. 

Weston said the Milwaukee County Dashboard shows a slight increase in coronavirus-related hospitalizations, but the percentage of tests with positive results has stayed relatively consistent. The Dashboard also shows an increase in overall cases that can be primarily attributed to increased testing.

Although Safer at Home is no longer in effect, Weston said social distancing is still essential. 

“It’s awfully tempting to feel like we’re coming to the end of coronavirus,” Weston said. “The weather changes and orders change on a political level, but the virus still remains, and the importance of physical distancing still remains.”

Community testing sites are available to everyone, regardless of insurance status, immigration status or income, and anyone with symptoms is encouraged to get tested. People can get connected with a testing site by calling the 211 hotline. 

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