La Crosse Co. health director reminds people not to congregate over Easter to prevent spread of COVID-19

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)- Easter is an important time for many people, but this year it will be much different because of the coronavirus.

“Safer at Home” orders and social distancing have people staying at home, and have forced businesses and places of worship to close their doors.

The number of positive cases of COVID-19 in La Crosse County remained at 19 Wednesday, no change from the previous day.

However, 12 of those people are now recovered.

Two people remain hospitalized, but their conditions are not considered life-threatening.

The 19 positive cases is about 3.4% of all the tests that have been done in the county.

La Crosse County Health Director Jen Rombalski is reminding the public that you should not be planning meals and get-togethers with people from outside your own home, even extended family, for the Easter holiday.

“I know this is hard, but we’re doing this for a reason, we have deaths across this country, we have to take this seriously, this is one of the things we can do is to minimize the spread by having a different mechanism of connecting to our loved ones and unfortunately, right now, that cannot be a meal with anyone outside the household”

Rombalski is also asking people not to congregate for Easter services and instead take advantage of online or virtual services.