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Gundersen specialist says second wave of COVID-19 has started

Brad Williams

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The second wave of coronavirus has begun in the La Crosse area, according to Gundersen infection specialist Megan Meller.

She’s responding to record daily highs for COVID-19 reported in La Crosse County two days this week.     

Meller tells WIZM’s La Crosse Talk that increased activity in the area, combined with much more testing, have combined to raise the number of cases in the county above 100. 

Meller says wearing face masks is still a good idea, because it appears people can be infected for two or three days before they start showing symptoms, unlike the regular flu, where symptoms appear sooner.

Meller says the increase was expected once stay-at-home orders were lifted in May, but the economy was going to have to reopen eventually.

     

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.