Dr. Ben Weston Talks About How to Celebrate July 4th Safely

“We can still take a lot of personal responsibility for doing the right thing when we go out”


Milwaukee County’s Emergency Management Medical Director Ben Weston discussed local coronavirus updates in a livestream conversation with Milwaukee Magazine Editor and Publisher Carole Nicksin Tuesday.

Wisconsin, along with most other states, has seen a recent surge in coronavirus cases, particularly among younger demographics. Weston said this is partially due to high numbers of younger people going to restaurants, beaches and other crowded public spaces.

Although Milwaukee County’s coronavirus case count is still pretty stable, that could easily change if Milwaukeeans don’t adhere to social distancing guidelines, including wearing masks and avoiding crowded areas.



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“We’re seeing a lot of concerning trends around the country,” Weston said. “There’s no reason to think that Milwaukee County is immune in any way from this.” 

Especially as you make plans for the 4th of July weekend, Weston recommends keeping in mind these three factors: people, space and time. Whenever possible, minimize the number of people you interact with outside the home, maintain as much distance as possible, and minimize the amount of time you spend in close proximity to others. 

“Even though we see policies and orders changing and things opening back up, I think we can still take a lot of personal responsibility for doing the right thing when we go out,” Weston said.

Testing sites in Milwaukee are available to anyone with coronavirus symptoms, regardless of income, insurance status or immigration status — you can call the 211 hotline to get connected with a site. For regular updates on coronavirus statistics in the area, check out the Milwaukee County Dashboard.



Elizabeth Johnson is an editorial intern at Milwaukee Magazine and a journalism major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.