With drop in new COVID cases, WSU reopens
A decline in new cases at Winona State University comes as new cases surge across the river, prompting a travel advisory.
Winona State University is beginning to reopen campus following a 14-day quarantine after a surge in new COVID-19 cases .
Through Sunday, the rate of new cases among students and staff slowed, with 36 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported from Sept. 14 through Sept. 20, and a total of 76 active positive cases as of Sunday.
That’s a smaller rise in cases than the previous week, when the university reported 46 new positive cases, and 125 active positive cases at that time, as of Sept. 13.
The 14-day quarantine imposed by the university expired Tuesday. It was imposed after 112 new cases were reported at the university in the first week of September.
With that expiration comes a travel advisory from Winona County Emergency Management cautioning local residents traveling to La Crosse County, Wis., because of a surge in COVID-19 cases there . The announcement discouraged people from traveling to the county for nonessential activities or services.
La Crosse County has averaged 110 new COVID-19 cases per day over the past week, with a 33.1% positivity rate. Another 87 new cases were reported there Wednesday.