by CHRIS ROGERS
Trempealeau County reported 13 new cases of the COVID-19 since Tuesday, including six new infections on Friday alone. The county now has a total of 39 confirmed cases, including 19 people who have recovered, according to the county health department. In the last two weeks, the speed of the virus’ spread in Trempealeau County has been among the fastest in the area, exceeded only by La Crosse County and Rochester’s Olmsted County.
The majority of cases are in the Arcadia area, with some cases in the Whitehall, Wis., area, as well, according to census tract data from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Trempealeau County health officials were not available for questions on Thursday or on Friday.
Buffalo County reported its second COVID-19 death on Friday. The county’s total confirmed infections remained at six.
“Your daily actions impact your risk for getting and spreading COVID-19,” the Trempealeau County Health Department wrote on social media. “We urge everyone to follow sensible guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect your family, friends, and neighbors.” Those guidelines include, “Stay home if you are sick. Avoid gathering with more than 10 people who do not live in your household. Observe physical distancing of six feet between yourself and others. Wear a mask or face covering in all public settings. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow. Avoid touching your face.”
So far, no Trempealeau County residents have died from COVID-19, according to state and local health officials.
Infections inch upward in Winona, Wabasha, Houston counties
Winona County reported one new COVID-19 infection on Friday, the only new infection this week, for a total of 81 cases. There were no new deaths this week. The county’s death toll remained at 15.
Wabasha County reported two new cases on Friday, a total of 20 cases and zero deaths. Also on Friday, Houston County detected its first new case of the coronavirus in weeks for a total of three cases.
Meanwhile, in Rochester’s Olmsted County reported 35 new infections on Thursday and Friday for a total of 689 confirmed cases. The county still only has 11 deaths.
Got symptoms? Get tested
Health officials urged people with any one symptom of COVID-19 to seek testing. Symptoms include cough, shortness of breath or difficult breathing, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.
In Winona, COVID-19 diagnostic tests are available at the Winona Health Urgent Care clinic at 855 Mankato Avenue and at the Gundersen Health System Winona Campus at 1122 West Highway 61. Walk-ins are accepted at both locations.
There will be a free, drive-through testing clinic in La Crosse on Monday, June 8, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or until supplies run out at Western Technical College, 419 9th Street North, Lot H. The clinic is hosted by the La Crosse County Health Department, the Wisconsin National Guard, the city of La Crosse, and the college. More information is available at lacrossecounty.org/covid19/testing-information.