LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – La Crosse county announced 7 new cases Monday and 31 over the weekend for a total of 749. Six are currently hospitalized and the county has one death of a resident. The Health Department expanded on the death Monday saying he was a male in his 70s who did not have underlying health conditions nor live in a nursing home. 251 individuals were tested at the county’s National Guard site Friday, so far 11 positive results have returned.
Again, the Coulee Region COVID-19 compass is currently in severe risk which Health Department Director Jen Rombalski says means in-person learning is not option at this time.
Rombalski said, “I do not believe the severe risk should be in-person school. I think it’s too much of a risk to put our staff and students in. I don’t think it’s a realistic lift that we can make no matter how much planning we do. If our goal is to provide a safe learning environment for our kids and safe is defined by a low risk of COVID that in severe risk category that is not possible.”
The Eau Claire City-County Health Department says the latest COVID-19 numbers seem encouraging but remained cautious on if they signaled a long-term trend. Three new positive tests today bring the total in Eau Claire county to 436. There remain 3 deaths and 406 of all positive cases are now recovered.
At a briefing today, Eau Claire City-County Health Director Lieske Giese addressed the lower daily increases. Giese said, “We continue to have cases every day, but the rapidly increasing numbers seem to be slowing up a bit. Again, too early to say whether this is an ongoing trend, but we certainly are encouraged that the last few days are case number increases have been a bit lower. They’ve been in the single digits rather than the double digits.”
For the state of Wisconsin, the number of newly reported COVID-19 cases is at its lowest in two weeks. 590 new positive tests bring the overall total to more than 49,000. A little more than a quarter of all cases are people in their 20s.
One more fatality linked to the virus was announced today by the State Department of Public Health. That figure is now 893, and more than 78 percent of all positive cases are now recovered.