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With cases in La Crosse County, health experts waiting for signs of community spread


This shows the exponential growth of the disease if life continued as usual. But if we limit the contacts we have with others, the number of cases goes down significantly and happens over a longer period of time so as to not overwhelm healthcare providers.

“Not knowing how many people are potentially infectious at this particular point in time, raises some concerns,” said Dan Duquette, professor of Health Education & Health Promotion at UW-La Crosse. 

You might have heard experts talk about flattening the curve or seen this graphic, which shows how fast the disease could spread without intervention.  Social isolation drastically slows the number of cases, but it might not get rid of it.  “But at least it becomes very, very negligible in populations,” Duquette said.

“It becomes really important in controlling communicable, infectious diseases to be able to trace the contacts people have had,” Duquette said.

Duquette said this still can be done, like with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. But, limited resources at the local level could be spread thin if the cases of the new coronavirus increase rapidly through community spread, so we all have to follow the guidelines.  “If we follow those recommendations, social distancing and [good] hand hygiene, we can deal with the disease,” Duquette said.

Environmental Health course at UWL learning from COVID-19

Dr. Dan Duquette's PH 335 Environmental Health class at UW La Crosse

COVID-19, alongside other coronaviruses, such as SARS and MERS are a hot topic right now in UWL's Environmental Health course.

The class, taught by Dr. Dan Duquette, focuses on real-life examples of the viral interaction between people, the environment and animals. 

Students at UW-La Crosse study the origins of the Coronavirus and its threat

Students at UW La Crosse in Dr. Dan Duquette's PH 335 Environmental Health class were busy studying about the coronavirus Tuesday as part of their environmental health class.

Department Chair

Dan Duquette  Profile of Dan Duquette  Office hours

416A Wimberly Hall

Specialty areas:

Assessment/Evaluation, Data Analysis/Statistics, Environmental Health,  Research, Male Health, Sleep/Sleep Education.

Academic Department Associate

Department people

Anders Cedergren  Profile of Anders Cedergren

Assistant Professor
418J Wittich Hall

Specialty areas:

Health Program Planning & Evaluation

Health Education Research Methods 

Global Health 

Gary Gilmore  Profile of Gary Gilmore

418F Wittich Hall

Specialty areas:

Public Health Epidemiology; Family Health and Wellness; Cancer Prevention and Early Detection; Psychological Type and Preference; Community-Based Participatory Research; Global Health Issues.

Robert Jecklin  Profile of Robert Jecklin  Office hours

Assistant Professor
418H Wimberly Hall

Specialty areas:

  • Health Aspects of Aging
  • Community-based Primary Care, Managed Care, State Health Departments, and Voluntary Health Agencies.
  • Research Interests: Retelling human stories of health-related learning.
Sarah Pember  Profile of Sarah Pember  Office hours

Assistant Professor
418C Wimberly Hall

Specialty areas:

Qualitative Research in Health, Child and Adolescent Health, Eating Behavior, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Michele Pettit  Profile of Michele Pettit

Associate Professor
418B Wimberly Hall

Specialty areas:

Mental and emotional health to include stress and coping, violence and injury prevention, health risk behaviors, health disparities, teaching strategies, and professional preparation

Keely Rees  Profile of Keely Rees

418N Wimberly Hall

Specialty areas:

Women’s Health (pregnancy, exercise, maternal & child health, menstruation) Adolescent Health Behaviors; Health Policy and Advocacy; Motivational Interviewing, Grant Writing in Health and Human Services. 

Karen Skemp  Profile of Karen Skemp

Associate Professor
418D Wimberly Hall

Specialty areas:

Nutrition and performance, Alternative Nutrition, Nutrition education, Body Image and eating patterns across various populations, Fitness Across the Lifespan.
Katie Wagoner  Profile of Katie Wagoner

418K Wimberly Hall

Specialty areas:

Nutrition and weight management, work site wellness, health and wellness coaching, program planning, maternal and infant health