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La Crosse Co. COVID-19 update

After 11 straight days of recording 20-or-more positive COVID-19 tests, La Crosse County is seeing a brief decline, starting this past weekend.
Published: Jun. 29, 2020 at 9:49 PM CDT
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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -After 11 straight days of recording 20-or-more positive COVID-19 tests, La Crosse County is seeing a brief decline, starting this past weekend.

Monday, the La Crosse County Health Department reported 12 more cases, bringing their total to 428. Of those, 182 are recovered.

The health department says 47 new cases have been since Friday, with more than half coming from people between the ages of 20 and 29.

Health Director Jennifer Rombalski says with the upcoming 4th of July holiday and the potential for gatherings, it’s important for people to change their behavior when it comes to taking safety precautions.

“Wearing a face covering, physical distancing has to become the norm. It just has to be normal, and not something that we have to think about doing routinely. And I also think that if we can not decrease the spread then we will continue to have large volumes of cases coming in. And because of the past couple of weeks of that happening for us, it has put a lot of stress on the response mechanism to keep up with those cases,” said Rombalski.

The La Crosse Police Department learned two more officers have tested positive for COVID-19.

That brings the total to three.

Police Chief Shawn Kudron says the department is working with the health department to understand the best safety protocols moving forward.

Kudron says his officers will continue to address service calls from a distance when they can, but it's not always possible with policing.

“We are doing the best we can of keeping a distance, wearing masks that not only protect the officers but are protecting the public in general. And doing the best we can as we move through our shifts and through our days to make sure that we are addressing the issue of COVID-19 and spread,” said Chief Kudron.

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