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Clark records second COVID-19 death; offers ‘Check-In’ program

A second Clark County resident has died from complications caused by the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), according to the Clark County Health Department. The resident was hospitalized.

“The loss of another Clark County resident to COVID-19 is extremely sad. I would like to extend my deepest condolences to this individual’s family and friends,” said Brittany Mews, Clark County health officer.

As of April 27, Clark County has 19 total COVID-19 cases. Out of these total cases, seven are symptom-free and released from isolation, two are currently in the hospital, and two have passed away.

Eleven of Clark County’s last 19 positive COVID-19 cases had been in close contact with one another.

The definition of a close contact, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is being within approximately six feet of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time while not wearing recommended PPE. Close contact can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a health care waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case, or having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g., being coughed on) while not wearing recommended PPE. This means that close contacts can live in different households or towns, further stressing the importance of following physical distancing guidelines.

Clark County continues to work through issues and concerns regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) response. One element which is part of that response is working to provide resource information to assist residents with economic and mental health related needs which may arise.

One such resource which is now available is “Check In Clark County.” As citizens all adapt to the temporary changes in the way they work, live and spend time with one other, it’s natural to feel stressed out, worried and even angry. Finding healthy ways to cope and stay connected with others is important, now more than ever. Clark County is a close knit, caring community, and the county wants to ensure that people feel supported throughout this unusual and difficult time.

Check in Clark County is offering phone support for community members looking for ways to connect with others. A friendly voice will call you to check in, daily or at whatever frequency you prefer. For more information on receiving a check-in call, please contact: Jeanine 715-743-5204 or by email:

Please Note: This is not a mental health crisis line. If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, call the 24-hour crisis line at 715-743-3400 or 1-800-863-3560.

Another concern people may need assistance with is economic support. Information regarding assistance such as Food Share, Health Care, Child Care and Energy Assistance can be found on the Clark County website at https://www.

Food Share -- Helps people with limited money to buy the food they need for good health.

Health Care – BadgerCare Plus and Medicaid programs provide health care coverage to individuals and families.

Child Care Assistance – Provides financial assistance to help working families pay for daycare costs.

Individuals within Buffalo, Clark, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Trempealeau and Vernon counties may call The Western Region for Economic Assistance (WREA) at 1-888-627-0430 to apply for any of the above programs. Individuals may also apply online at https://access.wisconsin. gov/access/