LA CROSSE/ EAU CLAIRE Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The La Crosse County Health Department announced it will now be able to test anyone at its National Guard sites, regardless of symptoms.
The news comes after the county has seen an increase in deaths, hospitalizations, and cases in those older than 29.
Yesterday, thousands gathered in West Salem for a Trump rally, something the department discourages.
Despite President Trump claiming COVID-19 will end after the election, the health department says the data does not support that statement.
While health officials continue to urge the same actions, wash hands, stay home, wear a mask, they say the situation is different now.
Dr. Todd Kowalski of Gundersen Health System said, “We are concerned about reaching capacity in the coming weeks if these deeply concerning trends in terms of illness rates, illness demographics continue. This is a level of strain, a level of concern from a hospital perspective, from an infectious disease epidemiology perspective that I have not had for the 6 to 8 months of this pandemic, so it is a new level of concern and strain that I bring forth today.”
La Crosse County sees an increase of 69-positive cases today, now with 4,256 COVID-19 cases.
Eau Claire County sees another jump in positive cases today with 89 more. This puts the overall tally in the county at more than 35- hundred.
Dunn County increases by 27.
Hospital beds in the northwest Wisconsin region are filling up with COVID-19 patients, that’s according to Chippewa County Health Director Angela Weideman.
Weideman said, “73.8% of hospital beds are in use, which means there’s 26.2% of beds available. 83.8% of ICU or intensive care unit beds are in use and 16.2% of those beds are available. 20.5% of ventilators are in use in our region and that means 79.5% of ventilators are available.”
Chippewa County saw an increase of 451 new COVID-19 cases since last Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 1,581.
Chippewa County also has had 11 COVID-19 related deaths, with 2 probable covid related deaths. The Chippewa Falls and new auburn school districts have announced returning to virtual learning due to the increase in COVID-19 cases.
Wisconsin saw an increase of 3,815 newly reported COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of positive cases in the state to more than 210-thousand.
There are 45 newly reported deaths in the state, bringing the death toll to nearly 19-hundred. 78 percent of all cases in the state are considered recovered.