La Crosse County health director addresses COVID-19 situation

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — La Crosse County is still under high COVID-19 transmission levels, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Transmission is measured by the rate of COVID spread, hospitalizations and the percent of in-patient beds in use, said La Crosse County Health Director Audra Martine.

Right now, many people are taking COVID tests at home or aren’t getting tested at all, so the total number of cases will be under-reported.

Martine wants people to know that tests done at a facility are more accurate, but at-home tests are a good indicator.

Getting tested is the only way to know if you’re infected.

“People need each other,” Martine said. “They need to be out in the community with other people. So, we realize that, and we’re trying to understand and make use of the things we can do while we’re allowing and working through those to help everyone be healthy in many ways.”

In areas of high transmission, it is recommended people wear masks indoors.

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