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COVID less of a threat in region, according to Onalaska Mayo doctor



This month marks three years since COVID-19 was declared an epidemic in America. A family physician at Mayo in Onalaska says COVID levels seem to have stayed low in the region this winter.

Dr. Ben Dilger told WIZM’s La Crosse Talk that the virus seems to be much less of a threat than before, and might be soon be considered a seasonal illness.

“We’re starting to reach a point where we’ve got a fair amount of immunity in the community, which is gonna help prevent spikes,” Dilger said, “unless there’s some new variant that pops up and makes its way over to the United States.”

He added that more people are willing to get the new COVID booster, which he calls “extremely effective.”

Dilger said staffers at Mayo are continuing to wear face masks on duty most of the time, as a precaution against spreading illness.

“We’ve got people walking into our clinic that are on chemotherapy, that have had organ transplants, that are immuno-suppressed,” he said. “We see people who are sick every day, so to try and keep our patients safe, we wear masks all day, every day.”

Dilger said he doesn’t foresee an immediate end to the mask-wearing for staffers at the clinic.

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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