Coronavirus in Wisconsin: State and local update, La Crosse, Eau Claire

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(WLAX/WEUX)-Eau Claire County is reporting its fourth COVID-19 related death.  That person was under the age of 65, that’s the only information health officials gave out.  Along with the new fatality, Eau Claire County adds 14 new positive COVID-19 tests.  This is the fifth time in the last six days the county reports new cases in the double digits.  The total stands at 531.  Twenty-seven of those positive tests have required hospitalization at some point.  More than 83-point-8 percent of all cases in Eau Claire County are recovered.  And health officials continuing to encourage people in the community to wear face coverings. It’s a small way we can slow the spread of disease, a small action each of us can take to make a difference and we are really working together to make that message clear.  We continue to work with partners across the community, business partners, healthcare partners and education partners to continue with that message. Said Lieske Giese, Eau Claire City-County Health Department Director. 

Two new cases of COVID-19 are announced today in Chippewa County.  That brings the overall tally to 217.  The number of active cases fell by six to 21. With the remaining 196 cases recovered.  The first day of school for the Chippewa Falls area unified school district is set for September 1st.  Public health director Angela Wiedemann was asked what would happen if a teacher or student tests positive.  “I can tell you from a local public health perspective that we do thoroughly investigate every case, and so case-by-case, we would look at the situation and determine who all needs to be quarantined. In general, it’s people that are within 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer. Sometimes, it can depend on if people have PPE on, what kind of PPE that is, so there are a number of different factors that we look at in determining who needs to be quarantined.”

The La Crosse County Health Department is reporting 24 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.  That pushes the county to 868 total cases.  There are currently four people who are hospitalized due to the virus, and to date one person has passed away because of COVID-19 in the county. Ten of today’s positive cases are from Monday’s national guard testing site that was held at Logan High School.  All but three of today’s new positive cases are people under the age of 50 years old.

Statewide, 884 more positive cases are announced by the department of health services… Pushing the overall total closer to 57- thousand. Nine more deaths brings that figure to 970. And 81-point-3 percent of all cases are recovered.

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