Ten new La Crosse Co. cases, one case a reinfection; Monroe Co. death reported

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – The La Crosse County Health Department recorded ten new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

They noted that “today is the 1st time that an individual person has been counted in our case count twice due to reinfection, and their COVID-19 infections were more than three months apart.”

With one exception, all were under 40.

10-14: 1 male20-29: 4 females30-39: 4 females40-49: 1 female

The new cases raise the county’s total to 844.

Of those, 699 have recovered, or 83 percent, with 144 considered active according to the county’s website.

Four people are hospitalized, the same as Monday.

In all, with the addition of 483 tests, the county has had 17,137 total negative test results.

To date, the overall percent positive for the county dropped Tuesday to 4.7 percent, down one-tenth of a point since Monday.

The state’s Department of Health Services now has a county-level dashboard to assess the COVID-19 activity level in counties and Healthcare Emergency Readiness Coalition regions that measure what DHS calls the burden in each county. View the dashboard HERE.

The county’s Outbreaks and Investigations page contains several high-risk locations. The page lists places within the county with public risk to exposure to a lab-confirmed case of the virus within the past two weeks.

The updated high-risk list for Tuesday includes Milwaukee Burger Company, John’s Bar, and Red Lobster. Check here for specific dates and times.

For anyone who might have been at one of the high-risk locations listed, they’re asked to fill out a screening and referral form found here for testing if appropriate.

People who visited those locations, the county said, should quarantine and limit contact with others.

While there are locations listed in the medium and low risk categories, anyone who was potentially exposed doesn’t have to fill out a form.

The COVID-19 Compass for La Crosse County remained in the Severe Risk (Red) category. Part of the reason is that one of the factors, Epidemiology, has a case rate of 127.1 per 100,000 people. In order for that to go from red to yellow, the case rate would need to drop below 100 cases per 100,000 people, or 118 cases, in a two week period. The other category in the red, Public Health Status, has improved according to Health Department Director Jen Rombalski, but contact tracing still hasn’t been able to achieve their goal of reaching 85 percent of contacts within 24-48 hours. In the past two weeks, they have, however, been able to reach 81.9 percent.

In the Western Wisconsin region, comprised of Buffalo, Trempealeau, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Vernon, and Crawford counties, 12 people are hospitalized with the virus, two fewer than Monday. Four are hospitalized in intensive care.

Overall in Wisconsin, 294 people are hospitalized with the virus, or no increase, with 111 in intensive care.

The Monroe County Health Department said that a man in his 70s has passed away from COVID-19. The man had been hospitalized at the time of his death.

“Monroe County Health Department sends our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and community of this individual and those impacted by this loss of life. We continue to take this virus seriously and we ask that the community does so too” said Sharon Nelson, Director/HealthOfficer of the Department in a statement. “While COVID-19 creates many difficulties and inconveniences for all of us, we ask that community members do their part to stop the spread. One death is simply one too many.”

It is the second COVID-19 death in Monroe County.

Three new cases were reported by the Monroe County Health Department. They are two females in their 30s and a woman in her 40s.

Grant County is providing a testing site on Wednesday at the Grant County Fairgrounds in Lancaster.

Trempealeau County had nine new cases on Tuesday. Details on the cases weren’t made available by the health department.

Here is a look at the case counts in the region (new cases are from Sat-Mon):

CountyPositivesNegativesDeathsBuffalo42 (+1)1,6322Crawford64 (+1)3,2660Grant331 (+2)8,71414Jackson49 5,9031La Crosse844 (+10)17,1371Monroe228 (+3)7,0742Trempealeau322 (+9) 4,8082Vernon59 4,9440Figures in the table are provided by each individual county’s health department

According to the CDC, symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

Fever or chillsCoughShortness of breath or difficulty breathingFatigueMuscle or body achesHeadacheNew loss of taste or smellSore throatCongestion or runny noseNausea or vomitingDiarrhea

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