Tri-State Ambulance released their report on their emergency calls during the opening weekend of Oktoberfest, from 12 p.m. Friday through 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Sixty-percent of all City of La Crosse responses from that time period were alcohol-related. Thirty-five-percent of all Tri-State’s weekend responses were alcohol-related.
Tri-State says 50-percent of the patients were between 18-to-30-years-old. Normally, it’s less than 10-percent.
Gundersen Health System had 26 patients with alcohol-related issues. Gundersen says that’s considered the “typical amount” for Oktoberfest weekend. Many of the other patients’ complaints related to falls, fights, minor traumas and altered mental status, a Gundersen spokesperson said.
Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse says they did not see an increase in numbers due to Oktoberfest, but they saw more intoxicated patients.
“Intoxicated patients came for various reasons: falls, lacerations and the most concerning were the young people who drank too much and were brought as friends or police were concerned about their ability to care for themselves,” said LuAnne Kratt, Mayo Clinic Health System’s Patient Care Director of the Emergency and Urgent Care Center.
La Crosse County Jail Sgt. Steve Anderson said the number of people booked was about the same this Oktoberfest weekend compared to last year at this time. This year, 45 people were booked into jail. Last year there were 71 bookings.