Health officials: Stay home July Fourth to avoid infection

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin health officials are urging people to stay home during the Fourth of July holiday to help stem a recent surge in coronavirus infections.

The state health department said Thursday that nearly 20% of total reported cases in the state have come in the last two weeks. The agency says the spike has been driven largely by young people congregating in bars.

State Health Secretary Andrea Palm says 23% of total confirmed cases in Wisconsin are people in their 20s.

Overall the state has seen 29,738 confirmed cases and 792 COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began.

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