Wisconsin health officials are asking residents to stay put over the holiday weekend because of COVID-19.

The Department Of Health Services issued a press release Thursday (July 2nd) ahead of the holiday weekend, asking the public to stay at home instead of going out for the Fourth of July. According to their statement, they are asking this of residents because Wisconsin has seen "a recent surge in cases with half of all positive cases coming within the past five weeks."

The DHS is also asking this ahead of the Fourth of July, as it is a popular time for people of all ages, especially younger residents, to head out to bars to celebrate. The DHS states that the spike in cases mentioned above "is driven in part by an increase in infections among younger people, and contact tracing by some local health departments has revealed that many of these cases can traced back to bars."

The Department of Health Services asks that younger residents of Wisconsin take this task especially to heart, calling it "crucial" for them to take the order seriously to lower the infection rate in the state. This can be done by staying home but also by remaining six feet apart from others and wearing a mask throughout the holiday weekend.

The press release also comes just a few days after a few bars in Superior closed temporarily for COVID-19 cleaning.

Governor Walz also shared just days ago that he may have to shut down bars across Minnesota soon if people can't follow guidelines put in place at them amid the pandemic.

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