Coronavirus in Wisconsin State and local update: La Crosse and Eau Claire 11-19-20

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LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The new orders were announced as Wisconsin set a new single-day record for positive cases, just 11 shy of 8-thousand.

52 people lost their lives to the virus, and hospitalizations increased by 283.

The State Department of Health Services says 19 percent of all people hospitalized with COVID-19 are in the ICU.

La Crosse County sees an increase of 204 cases of covid-19 today, bringing the county’s overall total to 6,845.

The Coulee COVID-19 Collaborative shows COVID-19 levels in the county are at a crisis point. On average, one in three people tested for COVID-19 in La Crosse County test positive for the virus.

Hospitals are in distress and public health departments can’t keep up. Mayo Clinic Family Medicine Doctor Kevin Fitzgerald says whether it’s Thanksgiving or Black Friday, anything with people grouped within six feet of each other and not wearing masks is going to spread the virus.

Fitzgerald said, “If you around people in our community right now, there’s enough community spread, one of them is positive. That is just the facts that the numbers are telling us. So I don’t want to pick on the businesses that are trying to do their best to stay in business right now but, being around a whole group of people is an exceptionally bad idea.”

Eau Claire County set a single-day record for new COVID-19 cases with 351. One new fatality was also reported.

One new death out of Chippewa County. New positive tests increased by 104.

Dunn county adds a new death for the second straight day. Cases increased by 45.

Fatalities in Barron County went up by one, a person in their 50s with underlying health conditions. New positive COVID-19 tests went up by 128.

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