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La Crosse over 200 COVID cases for 4th time, Trempealeau suffers 5th death in Nov., and Wisconsin hits new high

Rick Solem

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Another single-day record for cases in Wisconsin, while La Crosse went over 200 for just the fourth time and Trempealeau County suffered its fifth death this month from COVID-19.

La Crosse County added 204 cases Wednesday, bringing the total to 6,641, while six more residents were hospitalized in the past day.

There have been 67 people from the county hospitalized with the virus this month — 21 in the past two days.

According to the latest update from the Coulee COVID-19 Collaborative, county hospitals are admitting 27.1 patients a day over the past week. That’s up 10 from last week’s update and up 20 from two weeks ago.

The positivity rate for those tested in La Crosse County is now 30.9% over the past week. La Crosse has averaged 144.6 cases a day during that time.

Every metric on the collaborative dashboard is in the red, except for COVID care capacity, which has remained in the yellow the past three weeks, mainly because hospitals keep converting spaces to tend to COVID patients.


Here’s a look at surrounding counties. Trempealeau is the only one to report another death — its 11th overall.
VERNON: 25 new cases (27 cases/day past week – 906 total – 237 active – 12 hospitalized)
TREMPEALEAU: 43 new cases (57 cases/day past week – 1,974 total – 702 active – 10 hospitalized)
MONROE: 71 new cases (57 cases/day past week – 2,161 total – 532 active – 12 hospitalized)
JACKSON: 47 new cases (49 cases/day past week – 1,380 total 384 active – 16 hospitalized)
WINONA: 20 new cases (54 cases/day past week – 2,190 total)
HOUSTON: 8 new cases (19 cases/day past week – 524 total)


STATE TOTALS
Wisconsin: 331,837 cases, 15,100 hospitalizations, 2,793 deaths
Minnesota: 242,043 cases, 13,893 hospitalizations, 3,010 deaths
Iowa: 197,518 cases, 2,102 deaths
CASES/DAY PAST WEEK
Wisconsin: 6,564, Minnesota: 6,790, Iowa: 4,024
HOSPITALIZATIONS/DAY PAST WEEK
Wisconsin: 228, Minnesota: 249, Iowa: 223
DEATHS/DAY PAST WEEK
Wisconsin: 48, Minnesota: 41, Iowa: 25


Statewide, as Gov. Tony Evers extended the mask mandate, Wisconsin added a single-day high 7,989 cases, along with 283 hospitalizations and 52 deaths.

Statewide, about 9% of ICU beds remained open and about a third of hospitals are experiencing critical staffing shortages, while another 41% expect a critical shortage within a week, DHS Secretary Andrea Palm said Wednesday.

Minnesota added 5,102 cases, a single-day high 67 deaths and 298 hospitalizations.

In Iowa, another 4,321 cases, 233 hospitalizations and 38 deaths. The latter two stats are the second-most ever. The single-day highs for hospitalizations (234) and deaths (41) came Tuesday.

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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