COVID-19 daily update Cases, deaths, vaccination rates in Wisconsin, La Crosse, Eau Claire (September 24, 2021)

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LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Contracting COVID-19 can cost you a lot and we are talking about cold hard cash.

The non-profit group Fair Health released its new analysis of insurance claims.

It found the average bill for covid patients in the hospital is about 75-thousand dollars.

That jumps tremendously if there are any complexities. Such as cases that require the use of ventilators or days in an ICU.

Those cases cost on average more than 300-thousand dollars.

The non-profit found even if you are not admitted into the hospital. You could pay several hundred dollars to cover things like lab work. Radiology and cardiography procedures.

Gundersen health system in La Crosse has all 20 of its covid unit beds occupied, seeing more critical cases this time around.

It’s now placing additional patients sick with the virus in 2 other non-COVID-19 units.

One of those recent hospitalizations is 63-year-old Mark Miller of De Soto.

Back in July Miller started developing a runny nose. That symptom quickly turned severe making it difficult for him to breathe and resulting in a 16-day hospital stay.

Now back home, miller says COVID-19 hasn’t just changed him physically but also transformed his mindset.

“What if I would have died. What kind of impact would it have had on my family? Seriously because I said I don’t want to get a vaccination. I’m not worried about it. That’s selfish as hell. It’s extremely selfish,” said Miller.

A 26-year-old Fond Du Lac Police Officer has died of COVID-19 complications.

Police department officials say the death of officer Joseph Kurer yesterday came a day after his second child was born.

Kurer joined the Fond Du Lac Police Department in august 2018 and was a member of the tactical field force team, the honor guard unit, domestic violence intervention team and was certified as a field training officer.

Early today, a long line of police vehicles, with lights flashing, escorted Kurer’s body to a funeral home where officers will stand watch until services are held.

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