UPDATE: La Crosse County confirms 3 positive Coronavirus cases

Published: Mar. 18, 2020 at 8:32 AM CDT
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The La Crosse County Health Department received notification through our Wisconsin Electronic Disease Surveillance System (WEDSS) of our third confirmed case of COVID-19.

This case is in a male in his upper 20’s/lower 30’s and is a household contact to one of the previously identified cases. More details will be available once case investigation is conducted on Thursday, March 19, 2020.

LA CROSSE, Wis. (RELEASE FROM HEALTH DEPT.) -- The La Crosse County Health Department confirmed Wednesday morning the first positive lab result for COVID-19.

"Shortly after that case came in, another positive lab result came in," said Jen Rombalski, the La Crosse County Health Department director. "I want to right away say, we anticipated this."

Both positive cases are females in their upper 20s to upper 40s from La Crosse County.

Health officials say the two cases are not related.

Symptoms for the two females have been very mild to moderate, according to the health department.

"Symptoms have included low-grade fever, fever, cough, body aches, sore throat," Rombalski said.

Neither case requires hospitalization, but instead each patient is being isolated in their homes.

"We do believe that others in those households have symptoms and will likely be determined as presumptively positive cases as well," said Rombalski.

One household consists of three individuals and the other five to six, according to health officials.

The health department does not believe anyone in the households are at risk of a severe case.

Both households have seen out-of-state travel recently, but not to one of the three states the health department is screening for.

Both individuals are in-contact with public health nurses who are performing an investigation.

"We will then, in turn, determine anyone who may have been exposed and we will be in-contact with those individuals," Rombalski said.

The health department believes both females were tested March 16 and started showing symptoms on the 12th or 13th.

Gundersen and Mayo both say that if someone is showing the symptoms and meets criteria that they will be tested, but before going to their drive-thru testing zones that you need to call ahead to be screened and get approval.

"There's a national shortage for supplies for testing," said Paul Molling, a Mayo Clinic physician. "I don't want everyone running out then and saying they need to be tested. Both institutions, we just reviewed it, have a protocol for being tested, who should be tested, who is at the highest risk."

Since Monday, the health department says hundreds of tests have been administered in the drive-thrus.

They expect to see more positive cases in the days to come.

"We do not need to panic about the fact that we have cases in our county. We knew this would happen," Rombalski said.

Thursday night the La Crosse County Board will take up a resolution declaring a state of emergency for the county.

In the time being, health officials continue to stress the importance of washing hands, not touching faces, and staying home.

Jen Rombalski, Director of the La Crosse Health Department, says La Crosse has confirmed two positive cases of COVID-19.

The confirmed cases involve two females aged 20-40 and are not related. One had traveled within the US and the other confirmed case a person in the household had traveled out of state, but not to a "hot zone" according to La Crosse County.

LA CROSSE, Wis. --Within the last hour, the La Crosse County Health Department received notification through our Wisconsin Electronic Disease Surveillance System (WEDSS) of our first confirmed case of COVID-19.

The Health Department will be present at a media conference in the Main Atrium of the County Administrative Center at 11:00 AM.

As always, it is important to remember that viruses don’t discriminate and neither should we.

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