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Majority of La Crosse County COVID cases are in La Crosse, and come from close contact

Brad Williams

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With the number of COVID-19 cases in La Crosse County climbing rapidly, the county is busy keeping a profile of who’s getting the virus. 

Members of the county board heard Thursday night that 57 per cent of the county’s coronavirus patients became sick through close contact with others. 

Another 27 per cent got the virus through ‘community spread.’ 

Jane Klekamp, the associate county administrator, says the majority of recent cases involves patients in their 20’s, who are often in essential jobs.    

Klekamp quotes county health figures in saying that 56 per cent of the county’s cases have been among La Crosse residents. 

People from Holmen and Onalaska account for another 35 per cent. 

Klekamp also says 15 per cent of the spread apparently has come through travel, which is why the health department is discouraging all but essential travel for now. 

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.