Coronavirus in Wisconsin: State and local update, La Crosse and Eau Claire 9-1-20

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LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – For the first time in two months, the number of new COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin is fewer than 300. 266 more positive tests are reported today. The last time a daily increase was fewer than 300 was on June 23.

Another bright spot in today’s figures from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services is no new fatalities. That number stays at 1,122. Slightly fewer than 89 percent of all cases are recovered.

The La Crosse County Health Department’s weekly look at COVID-19 data shows 141 new lab-confirmed cases since last Monday. This includes 39 new positive tests logged Saturday, the county’s highest single-day jump in cases since the pandemic began.

Eau Claire County reports no new cases today, keeping the total at 801. Fatalities remain at six. More than 92 percent of all cases in the county are recovered.

UW-Eau Claire will start its in-person fall semester on Wednesday. Today, City-County Health Director Lieske Giese says her office is working with the university to create a dashboard for reporting campus cases and will report all COVID-19 cases from UWEC as being in Eau Claire County.

“We’re working to make sure that UW-Eau Claire students identify a local address so that they are not identified as someone from Illinois, for example. Even though they live here in Eau Claire because they are UW-Eau Claire students and happen to have an Illinois driver’s license because that’s where their original home is from,” said Giese.

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