La Crosse County added to New York Times COVID-19 hotspot list

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — The recent uptick in COVID-19 cases Monday placed La Crosse County in the New York Times’ coronavirus hotspot list.

The New York Times keeps a running list of counties with the highest number of recent cases per resident, breaking it down by number of cases per 100,000 people.

La Crosse County has had 457 positive tests in the last seven days or 387 per 100,000 people. It has set a record  of new cases each day for the last four days, reaching 129 new cases Sunday, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Since the start of the pandemic, 1,754 people in the county have tested positive for the coronavirus. Currently, 517 cases are considered active.

The new high follows three consecutive record-setting days for new cases in La Crosse County. On Saturday, there were 102 new cases. There were 78 new positive cases on Friday. On Thursday, DHS reported 75 new cases for the county.

Since the start of the pandemic, 1,754 people in the county have tested positive for the coronavirus. Currently, 517 cases are considered active.

The increase led University of Wisconsin-La Crosse to issue a “Shelter in Place” directive for all residence halls  over the weekend, which is slated to run through Sept. 27.

Effective immediately, the university is also now requiring face coverings on all campus property, whether indoors or outdoors.