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COVID-19 Outbreaks and Investigations

September 17th Update: Please note, due to a rapid influx of cases we are temporarily suspending updates to this page. You should assume that you will come into contact with COVID-19 whenever you interact with people outside of your household because we have widespread COVID-19 activity in our community. If you develop symptoms, please stay home and call your health care provider to be tested. 

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This page includes places within La Crosse County with public high risk of exposure to a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last two weeks. The risk for named contacts of a positive case is determined separately and businesses in which all contacts can be named will not appear on this page. If you are contacted by a health department and told you are a close contact of a positive case, you should follow all guidance provided by your health department.

Establishments remain on this page for 14 days after the last known positive case was present. Please note that an establishment appearing on this page does not necessarily mean they did something wrong nor does appearing on the page always mean that the establishment should be closed. The La Crosse County Health Department attempts to contact establishments prior to their appearance on this page; when contact is made, guidance is provided about reducing future risk to staff and customers. You can see businesses that have taken the pledge to Check the Spread of COVID-19 through the implementation of 6 key guidelines.

Know that this page is about risk that has already occurred. We cannot know where people who will become positive in the next week are going right now. We won’t know where positive cases have gone until the case is identified and the disease investigation process is complete. La Crosse County has confirmed community spread. If you are in a public place, you should expect to come into contact with COVID-19. Any contact with people outside of your household represents a risk of COVID-19 spread. It remains important to protect yourself and others with frequent hand washing, physical distancing, wearing masks, and staying home when you have any symptoms.

Learn how we decide which establishments are considered high risk.

Note that outbreak is the term used by the WI Department of Health Services for an establishment with two or more lab-confirmed cases (one or more in a long-term care facility). An establishment being classified as an outbreak does not necessarily mean there is risk to the public or that they will appear on this page.

All who were in an area listed as high risk on the identified date and/or time period should BOTH complete the Risk Screening and Referral Form to be referred for testing (if appropriate), AND quarantine by staying home and limiting contact with others. 


NOTE: We update this page frequently, but this page may not have up to the minute information displayed. It is not necessary to contact us to add establishments to this list, they will be added as the disease investigation process is conducted.

LAST UPDATE: September 15, 2020, 1:30 pm