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Mask on for La Crosse County employees

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For a few weeks, the pandemic was easing up enough in the area for La Crosse County leaders to declare that county board members were required to attend monthly meetings in person again. 

Now that COVID is on the rise again, board members still have to show up for meetings, but now they’re “strongly encouraged” to wear face masks, and county employees have to wear masks on the job.  

County officials are not requiring vaccinations for county employees, but they do expect those workers to wear masks.      

“Today, our current practice continues to follow CDC guidelines, and we’re requiring everybody to wear masks that works for the county,” human resources director Stephen Conrad told the county board on Monday.

County chair Monica Kruse says 58 per cent of La Crosse County residents are now vaccinated, with 90 per cent of residents 65 and older leading the way. Kruse says a vaccination race of roughly 60 per cent is “not great.”

The county courthouse and jail recently reinstated its mask requirement for visitors who have to go to offices and courtrooms.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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