Coronavirus in Wisconsin: State and local update, La Crosse and Eau Claire 10-9-20

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LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Wisconsin reported its first day of 1 thousand or more new COVID-19 cases on July 21. September 17 was the state’s first 2 thousand or more case day. Today, a new sobering threshold is reached in the pandemic.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services logs 3,132 positive tests for COVID-19, pushing the overall tally to more than 141 thousand. Deaths increased by nine.

In Eau Claire County, 53 new cases are reported today. The number of deaths in the county remains at 8.

Today, Health Department Director Lieske Giese says one-third of all COVID-19 cases since the start of September are tied to UW-Eau Claire.

This has led to a higher-than-desired daily average of new positive tests.

Giese reminding the community of the severity of COVID-19.

Giese said, “Yes some people have mild illness but 1400 people in Wisconsin have died over the course of the summer from COVID-19 during a time when we typically have no respiratory deaths during the late fall and winter we have people die of Respirtory illness that is true and if this was happening during that time frame it would not be as concerning.”

The Coulee Collaborative is reporting an eighth COVID-19 death in La Crosse County. This is La Crosse’s third reported fatality in the last four days.

For the second straight day, Chippewa County reports a new single-day high in positive cases, up 32 to now sit at 731.

Dunn County reports 19 new cases today for a total of 725.

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