In an email Wednesday, Wisconsin Department of Health Services spokesperson Elizabeth Goodsitt acknowledged the numbers are likely an undercount, saying there could be cases among people who attended the events, got sick and did not report, or instances where officials had incomplete information.
WDHS contact tracers are still conducting interviews and are routinely asking people who have Covid-19 about any large events they might have attended.
“This question allows us to gather information on a wide variety of large gatherings, including the basketball victory celebrations,” Goodsitt said.
CNN has reached out to the Milwaukee Bucks for comment.
Wisconsin has seen an uptick in Covid-19 cases like much of the country, which is reeling from the highly transmissible Delta variant. According to a CNN analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University, 水曜日に, the state’s 7-day average of new daily cases was about 1,024 reported cases per day over the week prior — up from about 87 reported cases per day a month earlier.
In a news conference Tuesday
, City of Milwaukee Health Commissioner Kirsten Johnson emphasized the reported number of cases in people who had attended a Deer District gathering was for the entire month of July
, not just the day of the finals
“If you look at the total number of cases connected to the Deer District over the past month compared to the total number of cases in the state, it’s really not that significant,” ジョンソンは言った.
But she also acknowledged that “people weren’t just attending events in the Deer District.”
“They were also going to bars and parties at friends’ houses and family events and people are gathering with others,” 彼女は言いました. “And that is going to cause a spread.”
Johnson urged people who had attended any large events to get tested for Covid-19 to ensure they would not spread the virus to anyone who remains unvaccinated.