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Regional Update: 12 new cases in Monroe Co.; La Crosse Co. adds new places to Outbreaks list

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - The La Crosse County Health Department said Thursday they had 14 new cases of COVID-19 in the county.

As has been the recent trend, all but two of the cases are people under the age of 40.

The demographic makeup includes a male between 15-19, five females and three males in their 20s, two females in their 30s, a woman in her 50s, and two women in their 70s.

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The county now has had 780 total confirmed cases according to the La Crosse County Health Department.

Of those, 663 have recovered, or 85 percent, with 116 considered active according to the county's website.

Six people remain hospitalized, an increase of one from Wednesday.

In all, with the addition of 169 tests, the county has had 16,457 total negative test results.

Thursday's percent positive was 7.7 percent. To date, the overall percent positive for the county remained at 4.5 percent.

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.

On Thursday, the county's Outbreaks and Investigations page was updated with new 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 includes Jimmy's North Star, Blue Bird Campground, Applebee's, 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.

New locations were added to the medium and low-risk categories as well. People who were at those locations don't have to fill out the risk screening form according to the health department.

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 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, seven of the eight people hospitalized with the virus are in intensive care.

Overall, 295 people are hospitalized with the virus, an increase of 24 from the day before. 101, or 15 more than Wednesday, are in intensive care.

A dozen new cases move Monroe County to more than 200 cases of COVID-19.

They now have had 203 confirmed cases.

The Monroe County Health Department said the two females and a male between 15-19, a man in his 30s, two men in their 40s, and five men and a woman in their 50s comprise Thursday's new cases.

Vernon County reported four new cases. The cases include a man in his 20s, a woman in her 40s, and a man and a woman in their 50s. All are recovering at home according to Vernon County Health.

Sixteen new cases were confirmed by the Trempealeau County Health Department. Eleven of them are from the testing site in Blair on Tuesday. The new cases pushed their total cases to 301.

Some counties don't update their numbers until later in the afternoon. We will update this story when new figures become available.

Here is a look at the case counts in the region:

Buffalo41 (+1) 1,5702
Crawford56 (+1)3,1580
Grant317 (+4)8,34814
Jackson45 5,5761
La Crosse780 (+14)16,4571
Monroe191 (+5)6,5561
Trempealeau301 (+16) 4,5911
Vernon54 (+4)4,6970
Figures 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 chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

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