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Mayor Barrett: City of Milwaukee not ready to reopen

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The City of Milwaukee will not move into the next phase of its coronavirus reopening plan.

The mayor and health commissioner say an increase in the number of positive cases combined with the inability to timely trace those patients' contacts led to the decision in the last 24 hours.

It means bars and restaurants will continue to keep their dining rooms closed. 

Churches are subject to a ten-person limit.

Mayor Tom Barrett says Milwaukee looked much better a week ago.

"As we saw the numbers coming in during the course of the week, I became increasingly concerned, as did the health commissioner," he said.

Cases are growing fastest on the city's south side.

The majority of positive cases are turning up in people who are between 25 and 44 years old.

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