Coronavirus in Wisconsin: State and local update, La Crosse and Eau Claire 10-2-20

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LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The Wisconsin Department of Public Health says this was another record-setting day, but quote “nothing to be proud of.”

Slightly less than 29-hundred new cases of COVID-19 were recorded today.

Deaths were up by 21 and the amount of cases now recovered is at 81.2 percent.

State officials are working on a plan to release the names of sites tied to public health investigations where two or more individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 but it’s being delayed.

The move is tied to an open records request, asking for the release of the names of hundreds of businesses. Late today, three business groups filed a lawsuit seeking to block that release and a judge granted a temporary restraining order.

During an interview today with WEAU, Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes says he was not involved in the move but did say more transparency is positive in tracking the spread of the virus.

Barnes said, “As we see these high rates of COVID-19 activity, it’s important for us to know where all of this is starting, the majority of these outbreaks are starting, are coming from and if it is found that certain businesses are found to be operating outside of the parameters of safe guidelines that have been established. It is important for people to know to be able to maintain their own safety, their own health, like I said, their own health of those they may be coming into contact with.”

There are now seven fatalities in Eau Claire County which are tied to COVID-19. Health director Lieske Giese said today the latest fatality was over age of 65 and had underlying conditions.

The daily COVID-19 count went up by 16 positive tests. Close to 18-hundred cases are now recovered, leading more than 200 which are actively isolating from the virus.

A new health order for Eau Claire County was released today. While requirements remain the same, the one change is a recommendation for public gatherings to be no more than 10. This is a drop from a recommendation of 50 or less.

Giese said, “Again, those best practices to decrease spread stay the same. Stay home if you are sick, make sure you wash your hands regularly, stay 6 feet apart from people that is how the disease is most likely spread. Wear a cloth face-covering in all settings where you are in closer contact with people. It is a proven way to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

Around the area, La Crosse County adds 75 more positive-tests for COVID-19 today. That’s the highest one-day total in nearly a week.

Dunn County moves up by 21 and Chippewa County tacks on 13.

A new, free COVID-19 testing site is open in Eau Claire. The national guard is offering tests to anyone showing symptoms of the virus or to anyone who is a close contact of someone who tested positive.

People can get tested Mondays and Fridays from 11:00 A.M.  to 7:00 P.M. and Saturdays from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M..

The site is located near Menards at 66-97 US Highway 12. You can register in person or online.

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