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'We’re begging people': Doctors want Northeast Ohioans to enjoy the Labor Day weekend but worry of following surge in COVID-19 cases

Doctors say you can take two big precautions this weekend: gather with vaccinated people and have plans outside during the weekend.

CLEVELAND — Rising COVID-19 case numbers are raising concerns as Labor Day weekend plans begin.

WKYC meteorologists predict the forecast is set to be beautiful in Cleveland, with fall-like temperatures creating the perfect setting for you to enjoy the holiday with your family.  But on the other side of the coin, it could be setting Ohio up for yet another surge in COVID-19 cases. 

“We’re begging people to take care on Labor Day weekend,” Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist at University Hospitals, Dr. Amy Edwards, said. “We’re already tired.”

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From state officials to local doctors, the message to the community is simple: use caution.

“This wave is already starting, and Labor Day could really add to it,” Edwards said. “The hospitals are already, we’re not full but we’re stretched.”

The warnings come as one restaurant is pioneering vaccine requirements in Cleveland. The Felice Urban Café announced Wednesday that a customer without proof of a COVID-19 vaccine can’t dine.

Whatever plans you have, the CDC is urging you surround yourself with those who are vaccinated.

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“If gathering with family and friends, remember that spending time outside with others who are vaccinated will help to prevent transmission,” CDC Director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky said.

Edwards told 3News she wants to be clear that this isn’t a call to not have fun, she just asks that Northeast Ohioans do it the right way.

“I’m not trying to be a killjoy, but that is exactly the setting that spreads COVID,” Edwards said.

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