A make-up of the first 26 positive COVID-19 cases in La Crosse County

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)- The La Crosse County Health Department is providing more information about the make-up of the first 26 positive cases of COVID-19 in the county. As of May 1, there are 29 confirmed cases.

  •  76.9% of people were under 60 years old
  •  63.6% had pre-existing health conditions
  •  50% were female, and 50% were male
  •  62% came from the city of La Crosse
  •  19% were from Onalaska
  •  19% were from other parts of the county

26.9% of cases in La Crosse County are being attributed to community spread, which the county defines as a case that was not attributed to a specific exposure to a positive or probable case or travel outside of the county.

These were the symptoms among the 26 positive cases:

  • 84.6% Cough
  • 82.4% Fever
  • 61.5% Muscle aches
  • 53.9% Chills
  • 53.9% Shortness of breath
  • 46.2% Headache
  • 26.9% Runny nose
  • 26.9% Sore throat
  • 26.1% Loss of smell
  • 15.4% Nausea
  • 11.5% Abdominal pain
  • 7.7% Diarrhea

“We have seen this introduction of the loss of taste and smell, which I think is a really interesting symptom, one many people wouldn’t normally think about,” said La Crosse Co. Health Dir. Jen Rombalski.

The data also showed that 15.4% of the 26 cases were considered “severe” which may or may not require hospitalization.