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COVID and college move-out cause concern at City Hall

Brad Williams



A proposed city proclamation in La Crosse supporting a statewide stay-at-home order is now pointless, since the order has been lifted by the courts. 

The proposal was withdrawn by Mayor Tim Kabat at Thursday night’s city council meeting. 

Kabat says he had tried to persuade La Crosse County officials to extend the stay-home rules locally, but since that was not done, the mayor encouraged city residents to continue practices such as social distancing and wearing face masks to prevent COVID infection.  

Meanwhile, citizens are being asked to continue safe practices the next few weekends, when thousands of visitors may come to La Crosse for college move-out.

City council member Jessica Olson says 10,000 to 12,000 visitors could increase local exposure to COVID-19.   

Olson says health officials consider moving students out of houses and apartments to be an essential reason for out-of-town travel.

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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    Jeffery Pralle

    May 15, 2020 at 6:31 am

    There has never been a Stay at Home order , it has always been a Safer at Home order. It would be nice to see it reported correctly.

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