Coronavirus in Wisconsin: State and local update, La Crosse and Eau Claire 10-15-20

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LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – While the La Crosse County Health Department says the overall level of COVID-19 spread is improving. It’s seen seven deaths in the last week alone– a majority of the fatalities are being reported in long-term care facilities. Now at 3,605 cases and 14 deaths, the department says everyone needs to take precautions– not just those who live or work in long term care.

Jen Rombalski, La Crosse County Health Department Director said, “Even if we don’t work in a long term care facility or an assisted living facility or we don’t have a loved one that doesn’t mean that our behaviors can’t connect back to those kinds of outbreaks in those types of facilities where the risk of hospitalization, death, and severe illness is higher.”

In Eau Claire County, 17 new cases were logged today. This was the second time in the last three days the daily increase has below 20, and it follows a stretch, where 38 of 39 days recorded new positive tests above 20.

Fatalities remain at nine, and the largest amount of cases are reported between the ages of 18 and 24.

A day after the State Department of Health Services recorded a record high number of deaths related to COVID-19, the agency reported the second-most since the start of the pandemic.

28 more fatalities push the death toll to more than 15 hundred.

New positive cases are more than 3 thousand for the third day in the previous seven.

There were 153 new hospitalizations, and the amount of cases now recovered stands at 79.1 percent.

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