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La Crosse County reports five new cases, as state sees single-digit deaths from virus for 4th day; Minnesota, Iowa surge

Rick Solem

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While news statewide in Wisconsin is relatively good, when looking at COVID-19 numbers of late, La Crosse took its biggest jump ever.  

The county saw five new cases yesterday, bringing the total to 40 overall.

Two other times, La Crosse County has reported five cases. The first was the first time any cases were reported back on March 21. The second, came on March 24.  

Aside from those three times with five cases, La Crosse County has never had more than two cases any other time, the 54 days its reported cases. In fact, the county has seen two cases just six times.

Other than that, it’s been zero cases for 31 of those days, including 13 in a row. Another 13 days only one case was reported.

Of the five new cases Wednesday, three are connected with a previous case, according to the county health department. The other two cases are being investigated.

Of the 40 total cases in the county, 32 have recovered and one remains hospitalized.

There were also two more cases reported in Vernon County. Both are men in their 50s, who are isolating at home.

Vernon and Trempealeau counties now have six cases.

Statewide, Wisconsin reported just three deaths Wednesday, along with 291 new cases. It’s the fourth consecutive day with a single-digit death toll, which last happened beginning April 24.

Minnesota reported another 24 deaths, along with 423 new cases. The state has had 20 or more deaths in eight of the last nine days.

Winona County reported one new case, bringing the total to 72. The death toll remains at 15. Houston County remains at two cases.

In Iowa, after seeing its highest death tally on Tuesday, the state had its second-highest count Wednesday at 17. Iowa also reported another 377 cases.

That news came as Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday she’s lifting an order that closed restaurants in 22 counties. Reynolds and Iowa’s medical director are self-isolating right now, too, after exposure at the White House last week.

Restaurants, salons, barber shops, gyms and massage therapists in Iowa will be allowed to reopen Friday under new health rules intended to slow the coronavirus.

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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