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La Crosse County applies for second National Guard testing site

Kaitlyn Riley

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Before results came in for the first National Guard testing site held with the La Crosse County Health Department and City of Onalaska Thursday, the La Crosse County Health Department applied for a second testing site.

The Wisconsin National Guard tested 304 individuals at the site but had the capacity to test up to 400. La Crosse County Health Department Director Jen Rombalski said she was pleased with the turnout.

In the second application, the health department requested a two-day testing site. One day for individuals showing symptoms and another for those working in response agencies that deal with COVID-19. They anticipate the site will be held in downtown La Crosse around June 7-8, but more details will be released.

As of Friday, La Crosse County remained at 48 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of those, 38 have recovered and non are currently hospitalized. The county has a 1.2 percent positive test rate.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in both radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.

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