Public Health Officials concerned about post-Labor Day COVID-19 surge

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LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Public Health Officials fighting the COVID-19 outbreak are warning of a major spike in cases that could follow the Labor Day weekend, which saw more travel than expected and not enough social distancing precautions are taken. Fox News Correspondent Charles Watson has more from Atlanta.

This Labor Day weekend saw more Americans hitting the rails, roads, and skies than expected, and now Public Health Officials are worried about a potential spike in COVID-19 cases in the coming weeks.

Doctor Anthony Fauci says a cluster of states in the Midwest and northeastern plains are at the greatest risk for a surge, but there’s also concern about overcrowding at beach communities on both coasts.  

The CDC is now asking all states to prepare vaccination centers by November first, but most virologists say it is unlikely a vaccine will be widely available by then.

President Trump, using a Labor Day press conference to push back on critics who say he’s putting speed first, not safety, when it comes to vaccine development.  

Trump said, “They’ll say anything, and it’s so dangerous for our country what they say, but the vaccine will be very safe and very effective and it will be delivered very soon.”

Meanwhile, more colleges and school districts are starting to reopen, but a growing number are being forced to transition to remote learning including a high school in Florida that canceled all in-person classes until late September after six students tested positive.  

Orange County Classroom Teachers Association President, Wendy Doromal said, “I expect there’ll be many more closures. Parents who have younger children, I think they might want to make a plan.”

Right now there are two companies in the United states Pfizer and Moderna, that have vaccines in large-scale clinical trials. In Atlanta, Charles Watson, Fox News.

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