Good news: La Crosse County COVID-19 metrics fall to medium for first time

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — The Coulee COVID-19 Collaborative announced some good news Wednesday: La Crosse County’s COVID-19 community strategy level has decreased to medium from high status.

It is the first time the metrics have fallen to medium since they were implemented. The seven-day average case rate is under 25 cases per 100,000 people for the first time since September.

“This brings significant, welcome changes to the recommendations including increased business capacity limits recommended by the collaborative,” said the group in a statement.

Medium mitigation strategies asks people to continue to wear masks, but eases business restrictions to 75 percent capacity, rather than 50 percent.

While there are other mitigation recommendations for gatherings, the collaborative is no longer recommending that all in-person public and church events should be switched to virtual. Instead, it says that in-person services can move forward with COVID-19 mitigation plans included wearing a mask, physical distancing and proper ventilation. Schools should adhere to their COVID safety plan.

All employers should be screening employees for exposures and symptoms and require masks and physical distancing for both staff and patrons.

Visit https://lacrossecounty.org/couleecovid19 for full guidance.

“This is good news, but the community should stay the course by wearing masks and following the guidance provided so we can see these positive trends continue,” said the collaborative.

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