Trempealeau County reports second COVID-19 death

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WHITEHALL, Wis. — The Trempealeau County Health Department reported its second death attributed to COVID-19 Thursday.
Privacy laws prevent the department from releasing information about the person, said Health Director Barb Barczak.
The county, whose COVID-19 compass is at high risk for the disease, also reported 16 new cases, for a total of 301 cases, according to its website. Out of the total, 224 are classified as recovered.
The county reported its first COVID-19 death on July 17.
This week, ranked sixth in the state for its COVID-19 case rate, with the health department’s Kaila Baer blaming about half of the county’s cases on community spread and half on close contact.
“What we’re seeing from the contact tracing side of things is that a lot of people are engaging in higher-risk activities,” such as large gatherings with family and friends, and going to bars and restaurants without heeding health department cautions, Baer said.
People engaging in riskier activities are bringing the illness home to their families, she said, although cases are beginning to slow down.