There may not have been any new cases of COVID-19 in any counties surrounding La Crosse, but both Wisconsin and Minnesota set highs Wednesday.
In Wisconsin, there were 225 new confirmed cases of the virus — the highest single-day total in the state.
In Minnesota, there were 19 deaths, another single-day high. That number followed Tuesday’s 17 deaths, which was tied for the state’s second-highest total.
While the death toll is a number that can’t fluctuate, Wisconsin’s high could come from a few factors — from certain outbreaks, like those that happened at meatpacking plants in Brown County, or a ramp up in testing. Or both.
Locally, La Crosse County has gone 12 consecutive days without a new case. Still at 26 with 25 recovered with nobody in the hospital and no deaths to date.
Vernon County still has no cases. It is one of seven counties in Wisconsin that remain at zero. Trempealeau is among five counties with just one confirmed case.
No counties in Minnesota are without a confirmed case. That fact changed between Tuesday and Wednesday. Houston is among 17 counties with just one confirmed case.
Winona County reported no deaths or new cases for the third consecutive day — still at 61 cases and 10 deaths, which are all reportedly from same senior-living facility. Some bad news, however, a 104-year-old survivor of virus in Winona did pass away over the weekend.
Statewide, Minnesota has 179 deaths from 2,721 positive cases. Of those, 660 required hospitalization — 240 still hospitalized today, including 107 in the ICU. Minnesota has completed 49,344 tests.
Meanwhile, Wisconsin reported four died from the virus Wednesday, bringing the total to 246. Along with the 225 cases, 50 more were submitted to the hospital. Total cases in Wisconsin are 4,845. The state has conducted 49,502 tests — 1,661 since Tuesday.
Milwaukee County’s case count grew by 84, along with one death. The death toll there is now 138 from 2,359 confirmed cases.
In Iowa there were seven more deaths for a total of 90 and 107 additional positive tests, bringing that total to 3,748 confirmed cases