RACINE — Racine has the highest per capita rate of coronavirus cases in Wisconsin. The Common Council President of Racine issued a statement Thursday afternoon addressing the problem amid protests against the police custody death of George Floyd.
"While we face two pandemics in COVID-19 and racism, I must urge and implore Racine residents to stay home as best you can," Common Council President John Tate II said. "While we fight to end racism, we must not succumb to Coronavirus. I implore our residents to limit their exposure and consider creative alternatives to show solidarity and protest that don't require gatherings of large people."
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Concerns about social distancing and the spread of the coronavirus during protests have been brought up across the nation.
Common Council President Tate asked those who are protesting to wear face masks and get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible.
"Finally, please, if you attended a protest, please take advantage for free COVID-19 testing - I will be as I have attended recent protests, as well. There is still testing today at Case High School. There will be more coming to the City of Racine in the coming weeks."