The signs appear to be encouraging in Wisconsin as the state may be turning a corner in the fight against coronavirus:
– The Evers Administration is loosening restrictions on many retail outlets in Wisconsin
– Positive test percentages continue to shrink as a multi-day trend
– COVID-19 testing has now been expanded for the general public in Milwaukee, including or those who don’t necessarily have symptoms
“It’s an important step initially. They’re trying to get people to come out and get tested,” said Dr. Mary Beth Graham, Associate Chief and Professor of Infectious Disease at the Medical College of Wisconsin, on Wisconsin’s Afternoon News.
However, she says continuing to do what they’re doing with locations like skilled nursing facilities and nursing homes may be the bigger-impact testing.
“The more important step is to continue the very targeted testing…where we have congregated individuals where you may not be able to social distance.”
She believes that when people start to shop more at retail outlets with state-mandated limits, they will understand the need to follow through.
“People will be respectful of those parameters. In those situations where you can actually consider monitoring people coming in,” she said.
“The bigger problem is when we get the situations where it’s harder to social distance, concerts, football games…the more difficult things.”