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Taking precautions this 4th of July

Fourth of July
Posted at 4:50 PM, Jul 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-03 17:50:41-04

(NBC 26) -- Wisconsin health officials are encouraging people to stay home this 4th of July weekend after a recent surge in coronavirus cases.

Local health departments have also been encouraging people to take precautions. A statement from Door County Public Health states, in part: "Failing to wear a mask in public, not practicing social distancing and offering to hold or attend large gatherings puts the physical health, mental health and financial well-being of our entire community at risk."

While attending or hosting large gatherings is not advised at this time, the CDC has some guidance when it comes to hosting gatherings and cook-outs. It includes reminding people to stay home if sick, host gathering outside if possible and maintain social distancing, wear cloth face coverings, often clean hands, and try to limit the people serving and preparing food. For more details on this, click here.

This week, local officials have been reminding people to keep safe practices in mind this weekend.

"It's going to be hot and humid and people are going to want to get out and do a lot of things especially maybe near a body water or something like that... and just want to encourage everybody to do so safely," said Brown County Deputy Executive Jeff Flynt.