Dr. Ben Weston Provides a Live Pandemic Update

“I think there is a perception that we’re just about at the end of this, and we can go back to life as normal. I wish I could say that was so, but it isn’t.”

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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.

Weston talked about coronavirus testing and hospital capacities, as well as the state Supreme Court’s decision to end the Safer at Home order.

The Milwaukee County Dashboard shows a slight increase in reported coronavirus cases, which Weston said could be partially attributed to the increased testing rate. The Dashboard also shows positive trends regarding hospital capacity and medical resources.

Weston said that although the Safer at Home order was overturned, the numbers still show that a slow, measured return to normal life is essential to keep hospitals from being overwhelmed. 

“I think there is a perception that we’re just about at the end of this, and we can go back to life as normal,” Weston said. “I wish I could say that was so, but it isn’t.”

He said Milwaukee will gradually return to a new normal, but in the meantime, we should use our best judgment to help slow the spread, wearing masks and avoiding large crowds as much as possible.

“Maybe start dipping your toes into what seems like safe experiences as opposed to jumping right in,” Weston said.

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