UPDATE: La Crosse County logs first two cases of community-spread COVID-19

Men in upper 20s, late 70s increase county tally to 10
Evening news briefing from CNN

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – La Crosse County has its first two of community-spread COVID-19 — meaning that the two men tested positive for the disease had not been exposed via travel or exposure to a positive coronavirus patient, and indicating the risk that it is circulating in the community.

The two were among five test results reported to the county today, increasing the county tally to 10. The other three positive tests are women.

“This report provides even more reason to take Governor Evers’ ‘Safer at Home’ order seriously,” said county Health Director Jen Rombalski.

Details about the community-spread cases are:

  • One is a man in his upper 20s who developed symptoms the week of March 9. He was tested Monday, as his symptoms had worsened.
  • The other is a man in his upper 70s with a history of interstate travel but not to a location with known community spread. He also was tested on Monday.

Both of the men are experiencing mild to moderate symptoms and have not required hospitalization.

“We fully expect that we will see additional cases of the virus in the county, but hope that our media outreach and guidance is helping to convince county residents to stay home to disrupt the spread of the virus,” Rombalski said.
More details and community notices will be released as disease investigation is completed, she said.

For updates on COVID-19 in Wisconsin, go to the State Department of Health Service’s website. For local updates check the county Health Department’s Facebook page or website.