Coronavirus in Wisconsin: State, La Crosse, Eau Claire update 7/29/20


(WLAX/WEUX) Barron County Outbreak-Barron County Public Health reports 73 new cases of COVID-19 just yesterday. That’s the highest single day increase in cases for any county in Western Wisconsin. The County has seen 111 new confirmed cases of coronavirus since Saturday. That is more than the county had in total the previous four plus months.

Wednesday, July 29, new cases are a mix of people who have come in close contact with positive cases.  A cluster of cases from a food processing plant in the County, and others related to gatherings and travel. The food processing facility that has seen the cluster of cases is Seneca Foods in Cumberland.  The plant in Cumberland is used primarily with green beans. Health officials said the plant followed all the recommendations set by the CDC. Health officials add not all of today’s 73 cases are tied to the facility.

There are still a larger number of the cases that are due to people having gatherings or traveling. Public health officials in Barron County hope today’s rise in cases can emphasize why they are asking the community to help slow the spread of the virus.

“We certainly hope that this would serve as a wakeup call for some of the citizens.  There’s kind of a mix, so there’s some really great citizens who are supportive and do what they can.  They wear their masks, you know they stay home when they’re ill, they try to avoid unnecessary travel.  All the things that we want them to do.  But we also have a large population of people who don’t necessarily buy into all of the public health measures and are not limiting their behaviors as much as we would like them to.” Said Sarah Turner, Barron County Public Health.

Health officials do add that many of the 73 new cases do come from Rice Lake and Cumberland. There are currently six people hospitalized due to the virus, several of those are in intensive care.

COVID-19 Eau Claire County numbers

The Chippewa Valley and the Coulee Region are *not reporting nearly as many news cases yesterday as Barron County. Seven more positive cases in Eau Claire County brings the total to 448. Of those, a total of 23 cases have required hospitalization at some point. There remains three fatalities in the County linked to the virus. Health Director Lieske Giese addressed the need for contact tracing in following the virus’s spread. “In a situation, if I was a case and I went somewhere, and had close contact with individuals, but I don’t know their name, I don’t know their phone number, but I know that I was in close contact with individuals during the time that i was potentially infectious, I would be communicating those locations to the disease investigator and it’s critically important that people do that.” Said Lieske Giese, Eau Claire City-County Health Dept.

COVID-19 La Crosse County numbers

Nine new cases are out of La Crosse County, bringing them to a total of 767. Yesterday new cases, seven of the nine are people under the age of 40.  There remains one death linked to COVID-19. And, 650 of all their cases are now recovered. While La Crosse County School Districts are starting virtual, college students will be moving in again next month for classes. The health department is working on plans with local colleges to keep everyone safe.

“We just again had a meeting today with Western Technical College, UWL and Viterbo and talked through specifically isolation and quarantine plans. We are doing those level of planning with our higher-ed partners. I am concerned about that many students coming to our community, we are working a number of angles relating to that.” Said Jen Rombalski, La Crosse County Health Department Director.

COVID-19 Chippewa County numbers

In Chippewa County today, there are four new cases over yesterday…33 cases since last Wednesday for a total of 204.  41 of those cases are active.  More information was out today on last week’s testing at the northern Wisconsin state fairgrounds in Chippewa falls.

Health director Angela Weideman said 434 tests were given, and that no one was denied a test.  Final statistics are not back yet from the event. Weidemann said those numbers could help show how wide-spread the virus is even beyond Chippewa County.

“Each County that the person resides in that gets tested is alerted of that test result. So, we would like to see our overall positives from that event, as well, and some of our positives could be from other counties.” Said Angela Weideman, Chippewa County Public Health Director.

COVID-19 Wisconsin numbers-The number of new COVID-19 cases reported statewide today remained under the weekly average. 870 positive tests bring the overall tally over the 51-thousand mark the death toll stands at 911, with six more fatalities out today … And the total of recovered cases is now at 79-point-2 percent.

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