CDC, Gundersen leaders urge community members continue to follow COVID-19 safety measures

Warning comes as more than 50 million American have received at least one dose of the vaccine

LA CROSSE, Wis./WASHINGTON D.C. (WKBT) – More than 50 million Americans have already received at least one shot of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines.

Some states are starting to loosen restrictions on places like schools, restaurants and gyms.

But officials from the CDC as well as those in La Crosse say Americans shouldn’t relax just yet.

“At 70,000 cases per day we’re not in that place right now. With variants spreading, we stand to completely lose the hard-earned ground we have gained,” said CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.

“So far, we’ve lucked out. But that might not be the case down the line. And the only way to truely stop those variants from happening in the first place is to get transmission down,” said Gundersen Health System infection preventionist Megan Meller.

More than 20 million people have recieved both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.