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La Crosse County is a leader in new virus cases



La Crosse County has now exceeded 300 cases of COVID-19, and has recorded at least 20 new cases for eight days in a row.  

State health experts say La Crosse and Oshkosh, college towns with lots of young adults, are seeing the fastest spread in Wisconsin this month.   

Dr. Ryan Westergaard, who’s the chief medical officer for the Department of Health Services, says that fact should affect how the state tackles the virus right now, with more focus on the college age population in university towns.    

State health secretary Andrea Palm says the higher numbers among people in their 20’s seems to show ‘reduced adherence’ to practices like wearing face covers, and social distancing.   

But overall, Palm says Wisconsin has done a ‘remarkable job’ in trying to flatten the curve of COVID infection.     

According to Wisconsin state standards, La Crosse, Trempealeau, and Grant Counties are at ‘high’ levels of coronavirus activity. 

Vernon, Monroe, and Jackson Counties have ‘medium’ activity. 

More information on COVID-19 in Wisconsin can be obtained at this link: www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/local.htm


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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