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La Crosse County says five cases of COVID-19 in county

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - La Crosse County health officials said there are now five cases of COVID-19 in the county.

La Crosse County Health Director Jen Rombalski said the fifth person is a woman in her lower 20s who resides in a home where a previous case was reported.

She said the cases are confined to three homes in the county.

Rombalski said that none of the cases involved community spread according to their investigations by the health department.

The county has now established a phone line where people can have questions answered about the COVID-19 outbreak. The call center number is 608-785-6240. Rombalski said any question, such as wondering about risk levels, whether a person should go to their healthcare provider, or for businesses that may have a question about an employee who may have symptoms, can be answered.

When it comes to the public, she said so far, "...everyone is trying to play their part. It is working."

Rombalski suggested that people could do to help get some exercise and reduce stress and anxiety such as spending time with those living in the home, working in the yard, and playing with their pets. She said outside activities should be in the context of social distancing and avoiding any crowds of ten or more people.

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Health officials plan on giving their daily update on COVID-19 at 2:30 a.m. You can watch it here.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin has reported a third coronavirus-related death and a bipartisan trio of mayors is objecting to proceeding with the April 7 presidential primary. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner said Friday it is investigating the death of a 66-year-old man who died from complications of a COVID-19 infection. The mayors of Appleton, Green Bay and Neenah meanwhile urged a delay to the April 7 election and to make it mail-in ballots only. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and legislative leaders haven't indicated that they will alter the election. Also Friday, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett became the latest politician to self-quarantine because of exposure to the virus.

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