Coulee COVID-19 Collaborative reports optimistic numbers, but three deaths

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — COVID-19 numbers have improved in several areas, including the fact that new cases dropped to 286 cases this week, down from 419 the previous reporting period, according to the Coulee COVID-19 Collaborative.
The collaborative reported Wednesday that three more people died of COVID-19, but the new daily case rate has decreased to 34.6 cases per 100,000.
“This is a welcome reduction, but is still above the high threshold of 25 cases per 100,000,” the collaborative’s weekly report said. “Percent positive rate also decreased to 25.1% — or about one in four tested resulting as positive.”
New hospitalizations also dropped, the report said, adding, “We continue to urge the community to follow the guidance below so these downward trends can continue.”
COVID-19 vaccination is progressing well, the collaborative said, with the La Crosse County Health Department coordinating collection of vaccination requests from front-line health care workers and police and fire departments, as well as those 65 or older can be vaccinated.
People interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine should complete the new Vaccine Screening and Interest Form, unless they receive communication from their preferred vaccination site to set up an appointment, the collaborative said.
With many people interested in receiving a vaccine, it may take several days before a vaccinator is able to reach out to schedule the appointment.
The speed of vaccinating community members for COVID-19 depends on vaccine supplied from state and federal governments.