La Crosse/Eau Claire/Chippewa Falls, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX)- COVID-19: La Crosse County Update
La Crosse County has 12 new lab-confirmed cases today, bringing its total to 685. 578 of those cases are recovered. Six people with COVID-19 are currently in the hospital, and there remains one fatality in La Crosse County linked to the virus. The Coulee Region compass moved back to severe risk this week. As a result, the Health Department says its meeting regularly with area schools to adjust back to school plans to account for the different risk of spread.
“I’m going to let them develop their plans a little bit further before we release that, but obviously that’s a type of setting where there can be some risk to the people who would be entering those buildings that is something that we’re taking into consideration when we are in those high risk categories.” Said Carol Drury, La Crosse County Health Department.
A couple of drive up testing events are coming to the coulee region. One on Friday at the Onalaska Omni Center and another testing site will be at the Tomah armory on Thursday, July 30.
COVID-19: Eau Claire County Update
The Eau Claire city-County Health Department says a third fatality linked to the COVID-19 outbreak is reported. The latest death is a person older than 65 with underlying health conditions. Lieske Giese, Health Department Director Said. The rest of today’s Eau Claire County figures show 409 total positive test results. 351 of those cases are recovered. As of Monday, 21 of all the positive tests in the County have required hospitalization. The two additional deaths this week due to COVID-19 are a reminder why people need to take the virus seriously. Giese said
“With the three deaths now that we have in Eau Claire County there are some significant negative impacts. we need to keep the progression slow so the impact like a death or a hospitalization is as minimal as possible. If we get to overwhelming hospitalization numbers, we are too late in slowing the spread.” Giese said
COVID-19: Chippewa County Update
Eight more positive COVID-19 tests are reported out of Chippewa County. That brings the total tally to 179. Of those, 43 are active cases. More than 67-hundred tests Have come back negative. Earlier this week, the Wisconsin National Guard ran a testing site at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds where 434 tests were administered. The large number of tests given is tied to expanding who could get tested.
“At this test site, we did allow asymptomatic individuals to be tested, as well as those with symptoms. So, I think we did have larger numbers, partially because we opened it up to asymptomatic individuals as well. hopefully, we will have some data for you on what percentage tested were asymptomatic and which percentage were symptomatic, as well as we can give the percent positive from that event, once we get all the results.” Said Angela Weideman, Chippewa County Public Health Director.
For the state, the Department of Health Services reports 713 new, positive tests today. That’s a 36 percent decline from the record increase of more than 11-hundred yesterday. Slightly more than 77 percent of all positive cases are recovered. Department of Health Services reports said seven new deaths brings that figure to 865.