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Fifth COVID-19 death in La Crosse County, while Wisconsin sets record for deaths, near-record hospitalizations

Rick Solem



A fifth person has died from COVID-19 in La Crosse County, as state reports a single-day high 27 deaths, over 2,000 cases and a near-record 91 hospitalizations Wednesday.

It’s the third death in a week in La Crosse County. No other information was provided. Last week’s deaths were both women in their 80s. The July 17 and Sept. 2 reported deaths were men in their 70s.

Eighty-two total hospitalizations also showed up on the Coulee COVID-19 Collaborative dashboard. That’s up two from Tuesday.

The county’s seven-day case average ticked up by one to 45, as well.

State data shows another 35 cases in La Crosse, bringing the total to 3,130.

Statewide, Wisconsin reports 2,319 cases — the ninth time this month over 2,000 and sixth time in the past seven days.

The White House Task Force has labeled Wisconsin a “red zone,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. But that designation by his own task force isn’t stopping President Donald Trump from holding rallies in two of Wisconsin’s hardest hit cities this weekend, concerning public health officials about what effect the gatherings of thousands will have on Green Bay and La Crosse.

The 91 new hospitalizations is the second-most since there were 101 back on April 4, just weeks into reporting COVID-19 stats.

Wisconsin: 122,274 cases, 7,300 hospitalizations, 1,327 deaths
Minnesota: 99,134 cases, 7,701 hospitalizations, 2,036 deaths
Iowa: 89,248 cases, 1,358 deaths

In surrounding counties, Monroe added 26 cases (588 total), and is averaging 21.2 cases the past week. Vernon added 10 cases (252), Winona added seven (920) and Houston added five (135).

In Minnesota, another 689 cases, 16 deaths — the most since there were 17 Aug. 19 — and 68 hospitalizations. It’s the eighth time this month the state has had double-digit deaths in a day.

Minnesota will also eclipse 100,000 total Thursday. It took four months to get to 50,000, and just over two months to double that figure.

Iowa data shows another 1,013 cases, 16 deaths through Wednesday.

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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