Coronavirus in Wisconsin State and local update, La Crosse and Eau Claire 10-8-20

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LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Today’s COVID-19 statistics from the Eau Claire City-County Health Department showed mixed results. While the number of cases between the ages of 18 and 24 is now below 50 percent, they also showed an eighth fatality from the virus. Health officials say the latest death was a person over 65 with underlying conditions.

Checking today’s increases, Eau Claire moves up 27, now over 22-hundred total cases.

Chippewa County tacks on 31 new positive tests, a new single-day high.

La Crosse County adds 26 to sit one shy of 34 hundred, and Dunn County adds six.

Health officials announced today a field hospital will open at the state fairgrounds near Milwaukee as a surge in COVID-19 cases threatens to overwhelm hospitals.

The hospital will open on October 14 and accept patients from across Wisconsin. It’s designed to provide low-level care, and will accept only patients who have already been hospitalized elsewhere for at least 24 to 48 hours.

Patients who qualify will be taken there by ambulance. The facility will not accept walk-ins. State Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm said the facility will be ready to accept 50 patients on its first day.

Palm said, “This will free up beds in our hospitals to better care for more severely-ill covid and non-covid patients. The current surge in hospitalizations and the need for this alternate-care facility is a direct result of the surge in cases we began to see in September, and our case counts today are even higher.”

Today’s state-wide increase in positive cases marks the 7 time in the past nine days that figure has been above 2thousand.

16 more deaths, the second straight day with double-digit fatalities, and recovered cases sits at 80-point-6 percent.

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