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City looks at emergency relief for COVID



Businesses and government agencies are worried about running out of money as a result of the COVID outbreak, and the coming of winter weather makes the problem even worse. 

La Crosse’s community development committee is studying where the needs might be the greatest. 

Mayor Tim Kabat told the committee about the areas where he wants action.

Kabat’s priorities are “the homeless situation and the issues of contact tracing and testing and trying to support understanding what’s going on with COVID.”    

The city has received a recent $283,000 block grant from Washington, and is applying for state money as well. 

A ‘Shop Local’ campaign is also being launched to get customers to do more shopping at La Crosse businesses.  

Development administrator Caroline Gregerson says businesses continue to shut down because of health-related restrictions, and groups like the Chamber of Commerce have concerns.

“School has to be back in session,” says Gregerson, “and there has to be child care to restore confidence in employment, and then just winter is going to make things worse.”    

The committee plans to meet again in two weeks to work on relief measures.

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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  1. Jenny

    October 14, 2020 at 11:54 am

    Why should the city run out of money, we are all still paying our outrageous taxes?

    And the city doesn’t do “contact tracing” or testing. That is the COUNTY health nazis.

    • James

      October 16, 2020 at 5:51 pm

      If the hospitals aren’t full of covid patients why are they imposing limits? We were told in the beginning that we just did restrictions so but to fill the hospitals. Having covid positive test and being in the hospital so are two different things. 5 years from now will we still have restrictions because people get a positive covid test?

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