NORTHWOODS – As the Labor Day weekend wraps up, health officials urge vacationers to remember to social distancing. Doctors at U.S. Health say that the holiday weekend could cause another spike in COVID-19 cases due to the increase in travel and social activities.
“Just as people move, so does the virus,” University of Wisconsin Health , Medical Director of Infection Control Nasia Safdar, said. “I think that yes this could be a time that we see more cases then anyone would like for that reason.”
Doctor Anthony Fauci, the director of NAID , says that you can still enjoy gatherings, while social distancing. “You can have an enjoyable weekend, but you can do a few fundamental things we talk about all the time. Masks, distance, avoiding crowds, outdoors much more then indoors and washing your hands,” Dr. Fauci said. Doctor Safdar says that people may be wanting to take a break from social distancing, or wearing mask but practicing safe produces is still important. “Theres also this fatigue now that we are experiencing were you know this is month eight into the pandemic people are tired they want to go back to their usual way of life but this is not the time to light up on those activities that will reduce transmission,” Dr. Safdar said. She also said how self-monitoring the next few weeks after vacation can also help limit the spread of COVID-19. “Monitoring for [covid] symptoms, and getting tested if you develop symptoms certainly if you don’t develop systems if you were in contact or exposed to someone then getting tested . The important thing about testing if you don’t have systems and if its just at one point in time,” Dr. Safdar. But ultimately, only you can control it. “The good things is that it’s in our control, but if we don’t do them effectively you can see the effects you are seeing right now,” Dr. Safdar said.
SHAVER LAKE, CA – Wildfires have burned more than 2 million acres in California this year, setting a state record even as crews battled dozens of growing blazes in sweltering temperatures Monday that strained the electrical grid and threatened power outages for millions.
The most striking thing about the record is how early it was set, with the most dangerous part of the year ahead, said Lynne Tolmachoff, spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire.
WILMINGTON, DEL. – Democratic candidate Joe Biden is collecting a trio of Labor Day endorsements from organized labor while running mate Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence are set to campaign in Wisconsin as the 2020 presidential race, disrupted for months by the pandemic, enters its final phase.
MILWAUKEE – Wisconsin confirmed 893 new positive COVID-19 cases on Sunday but no new deaths.
ST. GERMAIN – The St. Germain Flea Market usually runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day, spanning the tourist season. COVID-19 delayed the market’s start this year, but regulars still turned out this summer.
“I’ve been here now for 60 years and the people who come North wanna learn more about the North,” says Leon “Buckshot” Anderson, a local resident and author.
Anderson has his stand at the intersection of four ‘highways’ on the grounds. He sells books highlighting the region, something you cannot get outside the region.
Other vendors took the pandemic slowdown as a chance to catch their businesses up online.
Paula Race, owner of 2 Friends & A Blender, says most people have adapted well to the new safety precautions. “As the vendors here, we’re trying to be sensitive to everyone’s needs and be able to sell a product while making everyone feel comfortable,” says Race.
Fundraisers and awareness campaigns also took up a few spaces.
Desiree Gehl lives and works in St. Germain. She regularly comes for fresh fruits and veggies but was raising funds for the Bikini Radar Run. Gehl says the precautions have not dampened spirits at the market.
“I’ve noticed a bit more social distancing, a bit more masks. Still see people smiling, carrying around their veggies, getting excited for the homemade goods you can pick up,” says Gehl.
Vendors are unsure about next summer. Many transition from outdoor markets to indoor, a shift that may not happen at all this year.
“If it worked for you in the past but it’s not working now, you gotta figure something out,” says Gehl. “You gotta be creative, or you won’t survive.”
MILWAUKEE – Jacob Blake has spoken publicly for the first time since a Kenosha, Wisconsin, police officer shot him seven times in the back, saying he’s in constant pain from the shooting, which doctors fear will leave him paralyzed from the waist down.
– Bracing for a contentious election with no immediate results and possible “civil unrest,” Facebook is enacting a host of measures to ensure its platform is not used to sow chaos and spread misinformation before, during and after the U.S. presidential election.