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Four deaths past two days of La Crosse County residents, as health dept. announces indoor capacity limit

Rick Solem



Four COVID-19 deaths in the past two days in La Crosse County, as the health department announced a restriction on public indoor gatherings.

Total deaths is now 18 of county residents, according to the Coulee COVID-19 Collaborative website.

This is the 13th death in the past 11 days.

La Crosse County Health director Jen Rombalski noted during a briefing today that a majority of the county deaths are people in long-term care facilities.

“There is a direct linkage between case increases to about two to four weeks later seeing increased hospitalizations and deaths,” Rombalski said, as the department announced a restriction of public indoor gatherings to 25%.

Hospitalizations of county residents also increased by five over the past 24 hours to 115 total.

And, the county added another 61 cases, bringing the total to 3,718. La Crosse is averaging 31 cases the past week.

Cases in the county have risen, after being under 50 since Oct. 1.

In other counties, Monroe continues getting slammed by cases. The county had 35 more Friday, and totaled 104 the past three days, when there was also a fourth death — Wednesday, from someone at a senior-living facility.

Currently, two residents are hospitalized and there are 195 active cases. The county now has 918 total cases.

Winona added a single-day record 40 cases (not including the 100 in a day from weeks of backlogs) Friday, bringing the total to 1,136. Also, the cases were not associated with a new testing site that opened Wednesday, according to Winona County Emergency Management.

“We’re concerned, though there’s a lot we don’t know,” the city’s COVID-19 page posted. “We’re not sure yet where these cases are from. They’re not from the new state testing site, or entirely from colleges, since ages are across the board.”

Trempealeau County added 18 cases and is averaging 32.3 a day the past week, per 100,000.

Houston added five cases and is at 174 total with 16 active, including one in the hospital.

Wisconsin: 166,186 cases, 9,027 hospitalizations, 1,574 deaths
Minnesota: 119,396 cases, 8,718 hospitalizations, 2,203 deaths
Iowa: 105,748 cases, 1,524 deaths

Statewide, the Midwest is getting slammed by cases.

North Dakota leads the country with 978 cases per 100,000 residents as of Thursday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, followed by South Dakota at 893 cases per 100,000 residents. Wisconsin ranked fourth at 639, while Iowa was ninth at 432. Minnesota ranked 18th at 301.

Wisconsin hit another single-day high for cases at 3,861. Yesterday was the previous high. There were also another 135 hospitalizations and 21 deaths in the state — all near daily highs.

It’s the third time this week setting the single-day case record. Single-day highs for deaths and new hospitalizations also occurred this week. There are 1,101 people currently in the hospital for COVID-19 — also a record.

Minnesota set a single-day high with 2,297 cases — the first time over 2,000 — along with another 66 hospitalized and nine more have died.

Iowa data shows another 1,515 cases, 55 hospitalized and eight deaths on Friday.

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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