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La Crosse County won’t continue updating Coulee COVID-19 Compass

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Citing updated science and information related to the coronavirus, the La Crosse County Health Department said Wednesday they won't be updating the Coulee COVID-19 Compass going forward.

In a statement released early Wednesday afternoon, the department said, "As we receive this information, we need to flex to incorporate it and ensure the community is receiving the most up to date guidance. Health care and public health are collaborating to meet this ongoing need. The Coulee COVID-19 Compass has served as an important tool to assess risk in La Crosse and surrounding counties for the past several months. The La Crosse County Health Department’s mission statement is to work
collaboratively as a trusted leader and partner to prevent illness and injury, promote health and well-being, to protect and improve our community where we live, work, learn and play. This remains true. Our top priority is to serve our community in the best way possible."

Going forward, they are changing to a new community-based process.

They'll give details during a news conference set for Friday with their health care partners.

The statement said that the area was headed in the right direction and that the compass wouldn't have been in the red this week.

The county was updating the compass every Wednesday.

They still continue to use the same safety measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19: Washing hands frequently, avoiding large gatherings, wearing a face covering and physical distancing.

Kevin Millard

Kevin Millard-Social Media Digital Content Manager for WXOW.

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