Milwaukee officials evaluating city's reopening plan as COVID-19 cases rise

Posted at 6:02 PM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 19:03:01-04

MILWAUKEE — On Wednesday afternoon, the line at the new Miller Park COVID-19 testing location was long, but cars were able to get through quickly.

Aaron Fischer is the owner of a Milwaukee business and he said he is getting tested for peace of mind.

“I need to get checked I’m not concerned but obviously others would be affected by it so here I am getting checked out,” said Fischer.

As the number of COVID-19 cases is on the rise in the City of Milwaukee and the state, many said they are feeling concerned.

“It’s a serious problem and the more people that get tested the better,” said Gerry McGrath, who got tested.

According to a report from the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Wisconsin ranks fourth in the nation for new COVID-19 cases and has averaged more than 3,200 new cases per day, last week.

The report also states hospitalizations have quadrupled in the past four weeks and on Wednesday, the Alternate Care Facility saw its first patient. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said the number of COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin has him concerned.

“This is serious this is very, very serious,” said Barrett.

He said he is working with health officials to see if new restrictions should be put in place within the City to slow down the spread.

“People have to understand even though we are tired of this, it’s real and it could get more severe,” said Barrett.

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