Health advisory raises concerns about rapid rise of COVID-19 cases

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Published: Dec. 20, 2021 at 8:18 PM CST
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WISCONSIN (KBJR) - Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services issued a public health advisory Monday as COVID-19 cases continue to climb in the state.

DHS Secretary-Designee Karen Timberlake said high rates of transmission are happening everywhere in the state.

The Omicron variant is expected to cause a rapid increase in cases in the coming weeks, as has been seen in other states.

DHS is asking everyone to do their part to slow the spread, including getting vaccinated or boosted and wearing masks indoors in public places.

Timberlake said we have to tools to turn back the pandemic, we just need to use them.

“What each of us chooses to do in the next few weeks really matters. There is a serious risk that continued increased numbers of COVID-19 cases will overwhelm an already-strained healthcare system,” she said.

Timberlake said health leaders are concerned that if cases and hospitalizations continue to climb, people who need life-saving care for other issues may not be able to get it.

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