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Former Packers Coach Mike Holmgren: Trump's COVID-19 response has failed Green Bay

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Posted at 8:54 PM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-06 23:17:34-04

GREEN BAY — Former Packers Coach Mike Holmgren condemned President Trump's COVID-19 response Tuesday, saying his failure to mount a forceful response has had "profound" consequences for Green Bay's economy and health.

In a statement through the Biden-Harris campaign, for which he is a public ally, the Hall of Fame coach said that "it didn't have to be this bad."

The announcement comes on the same day the Packers decided to halt fans from attending home games at Lambeau Field indefinitely, citing spiraling coronavirus cases in Green Bay and across Wisconsin.

The state has become a hot spot in the nation, as health departments and hospitals have become overwhelmed with record numbers of hospitalizations and deaths.

"We are now months into this crisis, cases are surging across Wisconsin, and President Trump still doesn’t have a plan to get the virus under control," Holmgren said Tuesday.

Holmgren says Biden offers a plan that will help Green Bay and Wisconsin get through the pandemic.

"Joe will always level with the American people -- he’s a man of integrity, and now more than ever, we need him in the White House," the former coach said.

With Gov. Tony Evers' new order requiring 25 percent capacity in public spaces, in a renewed effort to get the coronavirus under control, local businesses will likely be feeling an ever harsher fiscal burden.

On Tuesday, the DHS tallied 18 new deaths and 108 hospitalizations. Almost 1,400 people have died from the virus in Wisconsin since the pandemic began.

President Trump and allies say the president as acted as a calm leader during the pandemic and that he has led the American economy through historic economic prosperity, according to advocates.

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