LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Eau Claire County reported two new deaths related to COVID-19. In a media briefing this afternoon, Health Director Lieske Giese says a majority of Eau Claire county’s COVID-19 deaths occurred this last month.
Giese said, “80 percent of our counties deaths have been within the last 30 days. Again, as we have higher case numbers, we have more hospitalizations and then we will have more deaths but what we need to do is get our case numbers down.”
Eau Claire County saw an increase of 176 new COVID-19 cases today, bringing the total number of positive cases to 6 thousand 778.
With the 2 new deaths in Eau Claire County that brings the death toll to 48.
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There are 1,916 active cases in the county.
Elsewhere, Chippewa County moves up by 97 and tacks on one new death.
La Crosse County adds 74 more COVID-19 cases, and Dunn County increases by 56.
For the state, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services adds more than 66-hundred positive COVID-19 tests, 83 more deaths, and another 236 people have been hospitalized.
DHS also says around 4 percent of all cases, roughly 14-thousand, have come from health care workers and more than 40 percent of hospitals in the state expect a critical staffing shortage within a week.