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La Crosse adds 74 cases, Winona reports 3 deaths, as Minnesota re-sets deaths record for 2nd day in row

Rick Solem

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Another 74 cases of COVID-19 in La Crosse County, while there were three more deaths in Winona, as Minnesota hit a second consecutive daily record for deaths Thursday.

La Crosse is averaging 128.7 cases per day the past week and now has 6,919 total cases, according to the state. The county’s positivity rate over the past week is 28.1%, according to the Coulee COVID-19 Collaborative dashboard.

Four more county residents were hospitalized in the past 24 hours, bringing that total to 211. That makes 71 residents hospitalized in November.

Along with the three deaths — all people in their 80s and 90s — bringing the total to 25, Winona County added 70 cases. The daily record in the county is 71 cases, set eight days prior.


Here’s a look at Thursday’s COVID-19 numbers in surrounding counties:
VERNON: 21 new cases (22.1 cases/day past week – 927 total – 241 active – 12 hospitalized)
TREMPEALEAU: 67 new cases (59.3 cases/day past week – 2,041 total – 728 active – 14 hospitalized)
MONROE: 76 new cases (60.1 cases/day past week – 2,237 total – 489 active – 12 hospitalized)
JACKSON: 44 new cases (46.7 cases/day past week – 1,425 total – 403 active – 15 hospitalized)
WINONA: 70 new cases, three deaths (53.4 cases/day past week – 2,190 total cases – 25 deaths)
HOUSTON: 19 new cases (19.0 cases/day past week – 543 total)


STATE TOTALS
Wisconsin: 338,472 cases, 15,336 hospitalizations, 2,876 deaths
Minnesota: 249,906 cases, 14,171 hospitalizations, 3,082 deaths
Iowa: 201,572 cases, 2,127 deaths
CASES/DAY PAST WEEK
Wisconsin: 6,441, Minnesota: 6,883, Iowa: 3,861
HOSPITALIZATIONS/DAY PAST WEEK
Wisconsin: 224, Minnesota: 247, Iowa: 224
DEATHS/DAY PAST WEEK
Wisconsin: 52, Minnesota: 46, Iowa: 26


Statewide, Wisconsin added another 6,635 cases, 236 hospitalizations and 83 deaths.

Wisconsin’s department of health services says 30% of hospitals are reporting critical staffing shortages and that over 14,000 health care workers have tested positive. La Crosse doctors have pointed to a staffing, beds crisis nearing.

In Wisconsin’s 10 western region hospitals (all the Wisconsin counties listed above, along with Crawford), there are 104 COVID-19 patients — 21 in the ICU and 18 on ventilators.

Statewide, hospital capacity is at 86% with 1,540 of 11,284 beds immediately available. There are 2,104 COVID-19 patients in the state — 427 in the ICU, 626 on ventilators.

In Minnesota, a record number of deaths and near-record amount of cases Thursday.

A day after the highest death toll in the state (67), Minnesota reported another 72, along with 7,877 cases — the second-highest in a day — and 279 hospitalizations.

After the first COVID death in Minnesota was reported in March, it took nearly a month to reach 139 total. In the past month, the state has had 843 deaths.

The state currently has 1,751 COVID patients — 367 in the ICU — which are both all-time highs.

In Iowa, another 4,345 cases, 207 hospitalizations and 25 deaths. The state has had 4,000 or more cases a day for nine consecutive days. Before that, there had only been four days ever with more than 4,000.

The state currently has 1,447 COVID-19 patients — 275 in the ICU.

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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