Coronavirus in Wisconsin: State and Local update, La Crosse and Eau Claire areas 4-8-21

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LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – In just the first few days of the week, Chippewa County has already recorded more COVID-19 cases than all of last week.

In one week, Chippewa County is recording 14 new COVID-19 cases and 1 new death. Chippewa County has administered 3,147 COVID-19 vaccines in the last week.

In a media briefing Wednesday morning, Chippewa County Health Director Angela Weideman says she thinks the increased number of cases is due to the statewide mask mandate being repealed.

“I definitely do see especially this week things starting to move in the wrong direction, I think it is vitally important for people to continue to wear masks, to physically distance, to limit their interaction,” said Weideman.

Wisconsin adds another 42-thousand people who are now fully vaccinated for COVID-19. The overall total sits at 21.1 percent of the state’s population.

Eau Claire County’s figure for inoculated residents is at 24.8 percent. Chippewa County moves up to 22.8 percent. One-quarter of all people in La Crosse County have now finished the vaccination process. Dunn County’s total is up to 17.7 percent.

New cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin rose today by 727. It’s the eighth time in 10 days the daily cases have been more than 500.

The state’s 7-day positivity average by test moved up again today to 3.7 percent. Five more fatalities were recorded. Dunn county added 18 more positive tests for the virus. This marks the first back-to-back double-digit daily increases since early February. Eau Claire County’s case count increased today by 10. Chippewa county by 7, and La Crosse County by 5.

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