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Nearly 500 COVID-19 cases linked to Milwaukee Bucks’ Deer District after NBA Finals celebration

Nearly 500 optimistic cases of COVID-19 have been linked to Milwaukee’s Deer District, the positioning of large celebrations over the Bucks’ NBA championship run final month, the Milwaukee Health Department confirmed to CBS News. The division mentioned 491 individuals who went to the Deer District in July examined optimistic for the virus.

The district full of followers in mid-July after Giannis Antetokounmpo lead the Bucks to a 4-2 sequence victory over the Phoenix Suns and clinched the town’s first NBA title in 50 years. CBS affiliate WDJT-TV captured residents partying into the night time as followers flooded the district to have fun the win.

Officials cautioned that the cases can’t be definitively linked to NBA ultimate celebrations, on condition that the cases lined everybody who visited the district sooner or later in July. State well being officers are nonetheless at the moment overseeing contact tracing.

Fans within the Deer District on July 20, 2021.

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Kirsten Johnson, the town’s well being commissioner, mentioned in a news conference Tuesday that the Deer District stories comprise only a small fraction of Wisconsin’s total COVID-19 cases. The state reported 1,573 new cases on Wednesday alone, in accordance to data from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. 

But Johnson famous that these 491 individuals doubtless transmitted the virus to others. “They were also going to bars and parties at friends’ houses and family events and people are gathering with others,” she mentioned. “And that is going to cause a spread.”

 Since the start of 2021, over 98% of COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin occurred in individuals who had not been vaccinated, the division mentioned in a July press release. As the Delta variant continues to unfold round Wisconsin, well being officers are urging residents to get vaccinated and proceed to put on masks indoors or in extremely populated areas. 

“We urge Wisconsinites to get vaccinated,” Deputy Secretary Willems Van Dijk mentioned within the launch. “We must protect our children as they head back to school this fall, along with all other Wisconsinites who are at an increased risk for being hospitalized from COVID-19. Vaccines and the additional protection from wearing masks are the best combination of tools to achieve this goal.”