The outlook for COVID-19 in La Crosse County is ‘promising,’ according to county health director Jen Rombalski.
Even though 7 deaths from COVID have occurred in the county during the past week, Rombalski says there are indications that the overall numbers are beginning to drop.
However, she says the trend of groups continuing to gather is leading to many of the infections in the county.
Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald of Mayo says his hospital and Gundersen are both in a ‘pretty good place,’ and are not stretched to a critical level.
But Fitzgerald he worries that increases in community spread could put more people in the local hospitals.
“If that same thing happens in our hospital settings, we may not be able to do surgeries and some of those things that are really important to keep people healthy,” said Fitzgerald. “We may have to shift some of our outpatient staff…and not have people get the routine care, which could result in illness not related to COVID.”
Rombalski returned to work this week, after several days in isolation.
“I had probably every symptom with the exception of a high fever, and I was pretty out for a number of days in a row,” said