Coulee COVID-19 Collaborative issuing additional recommendations for the community as cases spike

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – As coronavirus cases continue spiking in our area, the Coulee COVID-19 Collaborative is issuing additional recommendations for the community.

Health leaders are encouraging people to stay home and get tested if you are showing symptoms.

In addition, personal social gatherings are not recommended, and capacity inside public spaces should be no more than 25 percent.

Based on three of the nine key metrics in the collaborative, the county’s new case rate is about 68 per 100,000 per day. However, the 7-day care hospitalization rate metric is at a satisfactory level, with nearly two and a half per 100,000 per day. Hospitalization care capacity is also satisfactory at this time.

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“What we do today and the decisions we take today will impact us in 1-2 weeks,” La Crosse County Health Department director Jen Rombalski said. “So the decisions we took last week will be impacting us this week. And we need to take action now to follow these recommendations if we haven’t been already in order to make sure that we don’t continue to see a worsening of COVID spread in our community over the next 1-2 weeks.”

Rombalski says many of the county’s new cases are college-aged students.

Recommendations based on the metrics from the Coulee COVID-19 Collaborative can be found here.