Larger crowds in the city continue to La Crosse as colleges reopen for the fall semester


LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – La Crosse health experts are asking people to stay away from large crowds as colleges open their doors. There are still questions about the true impact of coronaviruses spreading among the younger population. However, Gunderson Health System infection control practitioner Megan Mellor said she expects things to change once the cold weather hits this fall.

“Now is really the time where we can’t let our guard against COVID,” Mailer said.

Two photos tell the story of the atmosphere of the city of La Crosse on weekends.

Students line up outside a La Crosse Downtown bar on 3rd Street on Saturday evening.

Downtown rush

La Crosse Bar on Pearl Street, where people gather on Saturday nights.

Young people in La Crosse do not appear to be concerned about COVID-19, despite warnings about several gatherings from health experts. Mailer said it is not worth the risk.

“We do not know in the end whether anyone has mild illness or someone has serious illness.

No city is out in La Crosse. Outside the city there are many venues for large gatherings including house parties. The owner of a downtown bar spoke to News 8 Now, but did not want to use his name or the bar he owns.

He said that most of his business comes from young people during weekends. They said they are taking precautions including checking the temperature at the door, providing hand-cleaning and requiring their employees to wear masks. This owner said that he is doing it to keep his business running and keep people safe.

There have been differences among health professionals regarding how COVID-19 affects children and people in their 20s. The Cali Collaborative represents more than 52 percent of La Crosse County positive cases among people aged 20–29.

Experts need more data from the fall semester to determine how the virus will affect young people. There have been two COVID-19 deaths in La Crosse County since the onset of the epidemic. They were in their 70s. It seems like a small number, but not for the families of those people.

“Every death matters,” Mailer said. “Every death means someone lost a loved one.”

More than 1,300 people have tested positive in the county since the epidemic began, accounting for 1.14 percent of the county’s population. There are people who can move around with the virus without any symptoms so this data only tells part of the story. A total of 5.8 percent of La Crosse County’s 23,000 tests tested positive.

“Generally the risk of getting respiratory disease in summer is very low, because people are outside.”

The low-number mailer said that it reflects positively on the county overall.

“It means we’re doing a very good thing and we’re doing the right thing,” she said.

Health experts will monitor the data as the year progresses. Mailer said the decline would help explain the actual impact of the virus on the young population.

“I think when you return to colleges, you can change dramatically, you have games going on or at least there will be game changes,” she said. “We have holidays.”

La Crosse County Health Department Director Jane Rombalski declined News 8 Now’s request for an on-camera interview on Tuesday. However, she replied in an email, “We know that COVID spreads easily from person to person and the risk level of getting infected is higher when in close contact with other people outside your home.

“Wearing masks around others outside your home, maintaining a six-foot distance from others, and reducing crowds in large numbers, especially indoors and in small spaces, to reduce the risk of COVID and individuals But is effective in reducing its impact. ” Family and our community. ”

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