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La Crosse adds 84 cases, as Wisconsin blows away single-day records for cases, deaths and hospitalizations

Rick Solem

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For the first time during the pandemic, the state of Wisconsin has reported over 5,000 new cases of COVID-19.

La Crosse County added 84 of those Tuesday, as the state count grew by 5,262 cases. There were also 220 more hospitalized and another 64 have died — all single-day highs.

Another two residents from La Crosse County were hospitalized, according to the Coulee COVID-19 Collaborative dashboard. The county is averaging 45.6 cases a day the past week. La Crosse County’s positivity rate over that time is 21.1%.

The collaborative will be holding a public briefing at 1 p.m. Wednesday and can be viewed by clicking here.

The UW-La Crosse dashboard shows 14 positive tests — 12 PCR and two antigen results. It’s the second time in the past three days with double-digit positives — 26 overall, 24 of those PCR.

Here’s a look at counties surrounding La Crosse:
— VERNON: 8 new cases (393 total – 86 active – 5 hospitalized)
— MONROE: 25 new cases (1,160 total – 223 active – 5 hospitalized)
— TREMPEALEAU: 23 new cases (1,013 total – 163 active – 5 hospitalized)
— JACKSON: 26 new cases (539 total – 228 ongoing, not including active – 6 hospitalized). The county added 163 cases over the weekend, which was about 30% of its total cases.
— WINONA: 18 new cases (1,278 total – no other info provided)


STATE TOTALS
Wisconsin: 206,311 cases, 10,636 hospitalized, 1,852 deaths
Minnesota: 137,536 cases, 9,729 hospitalizations, 2,368 deaths
Iowa: 119,048 cases, 1,679 deaths
AVERAGE CASES PER DAY THE PAST WEEK
Wisconsin 3,976, Minnesota 1,725, Iowa 1,405


Along with single-day highs in cases, deaths and hospitalizations, Wisconsin currently has 1,385 people hospitalized due to the virus, including 339 in intensive care units. 

“It’s a nightmare scenario, frankly, that this could get quite a bit worse in the next several weeks or months before it gets better,” Ryan Westergaard, Wisconsin DHS chief medical officer, said Tuesday during a public briefing.

As a Trump rally in West Salem, drew, perhaps, over 1,000 people Tuesday, DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm asked residents to stay home and avoid social gatherings.

A mostly un-masked audience watch Donald Trump speak at a Make America Great Again rally in West Salem, Wis., on Tuesday.

“People should stay home as much as possible, order or no order, enforceable or not enforceable,” Palm said. “It is the safest and best thing we can do to stop the spread of this disease.”

The state is averaging 3,976 cases a day the past week, which is over four times the seven-day average two months ago, when cases were starting to surge in Wisconsin. The seven-day average for deaths is 31. That number was six two months ago.

In Minnesota, the state reported 2,178 cases — the third time ever over 2,000 cases. There were also another 15 deaths and a single-day high 141 more hospitalized — a single-day high.

Iowa, on Tuesday, added 1,762 cases, 78 more hospitalized and 22 deaths for the second consecutive day. The state currently has 564 in the hospital — the most ever.

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