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Coronavirus not found in La Crosse County yet



No one in La Crosse County has been infected with the coronavirus yet. 

That’s according to medical workers and government health officials who met with reporters in La Crosse on Monday.

The secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Health, Andrea Palm, says the number of people in the state being tested for covid is rising, with one person testing positive in Madison, but that person is recovering. 

La Crosse County health director Jen Rombalski knows that many people want to use surgical masks to protect themselves from the virus, but she says wearing a mask isn’t that helpful for the general public.    

Washing your hands, and avoiding other people if you feel sick, are cited as the best ways to prevent the spread of covid-19. 

Congressman Ron Kind says a vaccine against the coronavirus could take about a year to develop, but it is ‘not a time to panic.’

Kind and other Washington officials are working to reassure Americans that the government is doing what it can to control the virus. 

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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