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In Winona and Trempealeau counties, recent COVID infections hit a new high in the past week, three local deaths were reported in the last week, and boosters are expected to soon be available for children ages 12-15.

Winona County COVID infections remain high despite a break in reporting over the holidays, and, following new information about the Omicron variant, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) revised its guidance on quarantine and isolation. Under the new guidelines, asymptomatic, COVID-posi…

A recent surge in local COVID infections receded significantly this week. Winona County cases hit their highest point of 2021 in mid-November, reaching a peak of nearly 36 cases per day, before falling over the past two weeks. In the last seven days, there were 104 new cases, or 15 cases per…

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After years of discussions, body cameras are here. Late last month, the Winona County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) deployed body cameras for the first time. It is now the only law enforcement agency in the county using them. Next year, the Winona Police Department (WPD) aims to follow suit. Polic…

An uptick in local COVID cases continued this week. Winona County saw 165 new cases this week, on par with last week’s 169 and up significantly from two weeks ago, when there were just 102 cases. In Buffalo County, infections rose gradually for the second straight week, with 63 new cases in …

Winona County will offer a series of COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Winona. Clinics listed below will offer first, second, additional, and booster doses of Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for ages 12 and older according to eligibility criteria. The Pfizer vaccine is also available for …

Local COVID infections infections declined this week, but deaths rose, following an uptick in hospitalizations in the last few weeks. There were 94 new cases in Winona County, down from 124 last week. In Trempealeau County, there were 86 new cases this week, down from 94 last week, and in Bu…

Winona County COVID infections were up and down this week, with 124 cases in the past seven days, compared to 131 last week. There were 94 new cases in Trempealeau County this past week, compared to 102 the week before, and 36 in Buffalo County, compared to 34 last week.

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New circumstances, same outcome — the Winona County Board approved the county’s 2022 preliminary budget and a 3 percent property tax levy increase on a 3-2 vote last week. In a familiar breakdown, board members Marie Kovecsi, Chris Meyer, and Greg Olson supported the budget and tax increase,…

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The Winona County Board’s proposed mask mandate is still in the works, but not the fast lane. An initial vote will be delayed until at least October 12 while county officials iron out ordinance language. County staff said the soonest the County Board could hold a public hearing and take a fi…