LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – With western Wisconsin continuing to see high numbers of COVID-19 cases, Mayo Clinic Health System continues to increase its testing capacity.
Mayo is currently doing as many as 20- thousand tests a day at its Rochester campus alone. The current testing capability is a good benchmark for next year, serving as a guide as testing needs change. Those changes include in-home testing, which doctors say will be especially beneficial for people who are asymptomatic.
Dr. William Morice, Mayo Clinic Laboratories President said, “We know that 50 to 80 percent of the transmission of this virus is spread by asymptomatic individuals, so identifying those without symptoms but that are, in fact, infected with the virus remains very important.”
Dr. Morice says in-home saliva tests appear to be the most effective in detecting the virus. However, doctors continue to look for a sufficient nasal option for in-home testing in the future.
He also expects to see more rapid distribution and production capacity of antigen and point-of-care testing for 2021.
The state of Wisconsin has 74-thousand active cases of COVID-19.
The State Department of Health Services says that’s about one-fifth of the total number of people who have ever tested positive for the virus.
Today’s state-wide update shows just fewer than 31-hundred new cases.
Despite a normal down-tick on Mondays, this is the fifth day in a row where the number of new cases in the state has decreased.
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Six new deaths are added. Just one day after DHS reported no deaths.
107 new hospitalizations due to COVID-19 are reported today.
Eau Claire County adds 68 more positive COVID-19 tests, bringing the county’s total to 7,250 cases.
The county has nearly two thousand active cases.
61 more cases are added in La Crosse County, pushing its total just past 74-hundred.
The Coulee COVID-19 collaborative reports one new death in La Crosse County for a total of 33.
Chippewa County’s COVID-19 case count moves up by 49, putting it at more than 43-hundred total cases.
Dunn County adds 33 positive COVID-19 tests today.