LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Due to an increase in covid cases in the Chippewa Valley, there’s a new drive-thru testing site.
The Northwest Wisconsin Health Care Emergency Readiness Coalition is opening a national guard site at Jacob’s Well Church in Lake Hallie Saturday.
The coalition says it will conduct PCR tests.
It adds. The tests are primarily for people who are close contacts or showing symptoms.
“As our numbers continue to climb, the best way to understand how prevalent or how common COVID-19 is right now is to do testing. And so, we just wanted to make one additional option here,” said Aimee Wollman Nesseth.
She says results will come back in two or three days. She also asks people to register online before getting tested.
In addition to Saturday. The coalition will be testing on September 27 and October 2 at Jacob’s Well.
The seven-day average for new daily COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin is nearly double what it was two weeks ago.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says the new seven-day average of daily cases is now at 2,857.
And there are now just over 707-thousand total cases in the state.
Only about five percent of ICU beds in the state are available.
The DHS says cases in children are growing. Especially in the nine to 13 range.
DHS Secretary-Designee Karen Timberlake says masking is important, regardless of vaccination status, to help protect children.
“We need our kids, and our teachers and our school staff to be wearing masks. That is the safest, easiest, simplest thing that can be done, and it’s actually the only thing that can be done universally to protect kids of all ages,” said Timberlake.
Timberlake says it’s up to local decision-makers to handle mask regulations.
Halfway through the workweek. More than 13,500 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across the badger state so far, this wee
Currently, 53.1 percent of Wisconsinites are fully vaccinated. The vaccination percentage is 54.2 in Eau Claire County.
In La Crosse County, that number is 59 percent.
49.2 percent of people in Chippewa County are fully vaccinated.
Dunn county’s percentage is 42.5.