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COVID drops to very low levels in region, as Washington considers ending emergency period



President Biden wants to declare an end to the country’s COVID emergency this May.  Republicans say the emergency should end now. 

Either way, three years of special precautions against the virus could be over soon.  La Crosse County is averaging about a dozen new COVID cases a week, according to Bridget Cardinali of the county health department.  She says La Crosse area residents are above average in getting booster shots against COVID, at 24 per cent compared to an average of 19 per cent.

During one recent week in January, Trempealeau County had the lowest level of new COVID cases in Wisconsin, just 2 in a single week.

Cardinali says the virus was rising to record levels in Wisconsin a year ago, in February of 2022. 

Milwaukee County had about half of the state’s new cases during a recent week in January, at around 150. Cardinali says home testing has helped manage the level of COVID spread in the La Crosse area. 

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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