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UPDATE: Third case of COVID-19 now in La Crosse County

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - La Crosse County health officials said Wednesday night there is a third case of COVID-19 in the county.

The person is a male in his upper 20s/lower 30s. He is a household contact to one of the cases identified earlier today by the department.

A statement from the department said more details will be available once they finish their case investigation on Thursday.

The La Crosse County Health Department got the notification through the Wisconsin Electronic Disease Surveillance System.

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - The head of the La Crosse County Health Department confirms the first and second cases of COVID-19.

The Health Dept. said earlier it received the notification through the Wisconsin Electronic Disease Surveillance System.

Jennifer Rombalski said at a news conference Wednesday morning that there are now two confirmed cases of coronavirus.

She said the two cases are both women in their upper 20s to upper 40s.

Rombalski said that the other members of the two households are presumptive positives for the virus.

She described their symptoms as "very mild to moderate." The women reported fever, cough and sore throat as among their symptoms.

Neither woman has been hospitalized and are isolated in their homes.

Rombalski said the women are in contact with public health nurses. They are also determining who else may have been exposed. Rombalski said they would be contacting those who were potentially exposed.

She stated that today's news was "not surprising to us." Rombalski said there is no need to panic. "We are all in this together. Viruses do not discriminate, neither should we."

She strongly urged people to continue to follow the guidelines for preventing the spread of the disease such as washing hands with soap and water frequently.

Health officials at the press conference from Mayo Clinic and Gundersen Health System say if one is concerned, he or she should call their primary care physicians who will then decide if in-person testing is required.

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Dustin Luecke

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