Labor Day weekend: Health experts urge safety to avoid increase in COVID-19 cases

Coronavirus

MIAMI (NewsNation Now) — There’s new health guidance to protect Americans against the coronavirus ahead of the holiday weekend.

The nation’s top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci cautions if Americans are ‘careless’ over Labor Day weekend there could be another uptick in coronavirus cases.

Fauci says people in seven midwestern states should be particularly vigilant.

Those states include North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Arkansas, Missouri, Indiana and Illinois. All of them are beginning to report increases in COVID-19 cases.

Crowds were starting to grow Thursday on the nation’s beaches as the Labor Day Holiday weekend began.

On Miami Beach, police were out enforcing a mandatory mask ordinance and enforcing social distancing.

“We are increasing our staffing not just on roadways, but also on the sand and waterways,” Officer Ernesto Rodriguez with Miami Beach Police said.

Miami Beach is an area that saw a spike in COVID cases but has been improving for the last month. There is a mandatory mask ordinance and 10pm curfew in effect – and that will continue into the holiday weekend.

While so many Americans are itching to get out and socialize, health experts warn that COVID-19 is still circulating in many parts of the country.

“I want people to understand that as we go into Labor Day weekend, we are set up for spread of a highly contagious disease like COVID that likes to jump from person to person,” US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said.

Adams says he doesn’t want to see COVID spikes like the US did after Memorial Day and the 4th of July.

Epidemiologists warn that Americans should be careful socializing during the holiday weekend and take precautions.

“The problem with the beaches is they can get very, very crowded and it makes it very difficult to do the physical distancing. Even though it is outdoors, people still need to be physically distancing,” said Dr. Mary Jo Trepka, Florida International University.

It’s not just beaches that will be crowded. The TSA is expecting Friday to be the busiest travel day since March.

“We think we might break 900-thousand passengers – which would be the highest number we have had since the pandemic. And just by way of reference, the lowest day in the pandemic was April 14th, below 90,000 passengers,” TSA Administrator David Pekoske said.

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