Coronavirus in Wisconsin State and local update: La Crosse and Eau Claire 10-23-20

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LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Since the Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned the state’s stay-at-home order in May, Governor Evers has worked to find other ways to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the badger state.

That spread continued to be high today, with more than 34-hundred new positive tests, 22 new deaths, and 151 more hospitalizations.

With the pandemic now entering its eighth month, Governor Evers was asked this afternoon if his administration has any “plan ‘B’.”

Evers said, “We believe that orders have made a difference. It would be worse without them. Frankly, the science is all about the things we’re talking about. I just can’t make up crap out of thin air here. So, we will continue to have that conversation around the things that we know work. We’re looking at a number of people that are not complying. 77% in the state indicate they support face coverings. So, I can assume that at least about that number, maybe a little less, maybe a little more, are complying.”

Eau Claire County logs its fourth-highest single-day increase of new cases of COVID-19. 67 more positive tests move the total to more than 28 hundred.

Deaths stayed at 12 and the total of Eau Claire County residents who have needed to be hospitalized is at 3.6 percent.

The rise in numbers continues to worry Eau Claire City-County Health Director, Lieske Giese.

Giese said, “It’s only October, and typically, respiratory diseases start peaking in November, December, and January. We have not gotten to those points yet. We expect to have more case numbers for a respiratory disease like COVID-19 because we will be indoors more because we will be collecting and groups more. We need people to understand the risk and really remember that there are long-term impacts as well as short-term impacts to COVID-19.”

Other counties reporting daily COVID-19 increases today.

Dunn County adds 29, La Crosse county tacks on 54, Monroe county moves up by 29, and Trempealeau County logs 20 more positive tests.

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