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357 total reported COVID-19 cases in La Crosse County

Kaitlyn Riley

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The La Crosse County Health Department announced 22 new lab-confirmed Coronavirus cases Thursday.

Of the 357, 142 (40 percent) recovered. There are no deaths, and two are known to be hospitalized.

Because of high case volume, the health department released a form to gather information electronically. The form is for those who tested positive for COVID-19 after June 15. The health department is asking all cases to complete the form to help speed up the identification of common places and dates where cases are connected.

The overall percentage of 10,519 cases completed since the pandemic began is at 3.4 percent positive, a number that has been slowly on the rise. Health Director Jen Rombalski said the increase in cases is because of more virus spread, not more testing.

Of the new cases, 16 are individuals in their 20s. Two are in their 30s, two in their 40s, one in her 50s, and another in his 60s.

The health department did list new high-risk locations and dates of exposure to its Outbreak and Investigation Page.

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.