Two die as COVID cases continue to rise

Two Trempealeau County residents died from COVID-19 last week as the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported 120 new cases in the county.

The two deaths were reported by both the DHS and the Trempealeau County Health Department. The number of new cases were eight more than the previous week.

The county health department reported 37 new cases amongst school-aged children, seven more than two weeks ago and more than double what was reported the week before school began. As of last Friday, the health department reported five county residents were hospitalized.

With the increase in cases, Blair-Taylor Elementary School has begun mandating face coverings for all students and staff until at least Sept. 21. Whitehall published an update, noting the increased case rate, suggesting face coverings may be mandated in the future should the increase continue. 

Of the new cases, 16 were reported to be amongst residents of the B-T district and 15 were in Whitehall, while Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau had 27 and Arcadia, 26. The only district in the area that has been requiring face coverings all school year, Independence, had four new cases amongst residents last week and has five total in the past two weeks combined.

Arcadia residents had the most total cases as the DHS reported 23 new cases amongst residents with 54612 zip codes. Whitehall had 15; Galesville, 14; Osseo, 13; Blair and Strum, 11; Ettrick, nine; Trempealeau, eight; Eleva, five and Independence, three.

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