Trempealeau County in ‘crisis’ as COVID cases increase

WHITEHALL (WKBT) — Trempealeau County Health Department says the area is in crisis as weekly COVID-19 cases have tripled in two weeks.

The county’s 7-day rolling case rate is 202.4 — a number that doesn’t include outstanding test results, antigen positive results or at-home positive results. That means the disease activity in Trempealeau County is higher than the numbers suggest.

“Public health operations have changed due to this surge in cases, and we are working under crisis standards of practice. This means we are unable to call all positive cases or their close contacts,” said the health department in a news release.

Health officials are asking those who test positive to stay home and isolate themselves from their household, then inform their close contacts.

“We want to send a huge thank you to all of the individuals and businesses who have consistently followed our guidelines. Your persistence does not go unnoticed. We know this is tough and exhausting work. Thank you for being a leader and encouraging others to stay home, wear a mask, and physically distance,” said the release.

Receiving your COVID-19 vaccine and booster shot when eligible remains the best practice to prevent severe illness, hospitalizations, and deaths due to COVID-19. Other mitigation strategies that remain important include physical distancing of at least 6 feet, avoid in-person gatherings when physical distancing cannot be maintained, wear a well-fitted mask when around others whom you do not live with, stay home if you are sick.

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