MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) – UPDATE 3/10:
A third person has tested positive for coronavirus, or COVID-19, in Wisconsin, according to the state Department of Health Services.
The person was exposed to the virus while traveling in the United States. They are in isolation at home.
The state did not release information on the patient’s location of travel or dates of travel.
As of this publication, the coronavirus is responsible for 25 deaths in the United States. Older people and those with underlying health conditions (heart disease, diabetes, lung disease) are considered at high risk, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dane County health officials are working to find out with whom this person has had contact. These people may have to quarantine or be tested for the virus.
“We are working with our local health departments to make sure everyone who has been in contact with our confirmed cases is notified. We continue to urge state residents to take precautions to avoid illness,” said State Health Officer Jeanne Ayers. “As guidance is evolving, it’s important for people to monitor the DHS and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) websites for the latest information and guidance on COVID-19.”
This is the second confirmed case in Dane County. Another case has been confirmed in Pierce County.
“As this is the second confirmed case of COVID-19 in Dane County, we have the experience in caring for patients in isolation and contacting those who may have been in contact with the patient. We will continue working with DHS and CDC, as well as our local health care providers and other partners, to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community,” said Janel Heinrich, Director of Public Health Madison and Dane County.
People who have traveled to places with a known coronavirus outbreak are asked to watch for symptoms that include fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.
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“People who have traveled in the past 14 days to places where there is community spread of COVID-19 (international and domestic locations), are asked to self-quarantine themselves and monitor for symptoms for 14 days. If symptoms, like fever, cough, or difficulty breathing are present, they should contact their local health department and health care provider for possible testing. People should call ahead before arriving at a health care facility for testing,” reads a statement from Wisconsin health officials.
COVID-19 is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
“The virus is found in droplets from the throat and nose. When someone coughs or sneezes, other people near them can breathe in those droplets. The virus can also spread when someone touches an object with the virus on it. If that person touches their mouth, face, or eyes the virus can make them sick,” says the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
DHS recommends taking these steps to help stop the spread of the virus:
–Frequent and thorough handwashing with soap and water.
–Covering coughs and sneezes.
–Avoiding touching your face.
–Staying home when sick.
The virus originated in Wuhan, China. The spread started in December 2019.
Action 2 News will continue to update this developing story.
The Wisconsin Department of Health has confirmed a second case of coronavirus, or COVID-19, in the state.
Officials announced the case late Monday afternoon, saying the person was exposed to the virus while traveling within the United States.
The state says the person is currently isolated at home.
Pierce County officials are currently working to find out who may have been in contact with the patient in order to isolate or quarantine them, as well as test them for anyone who is showing symptoms.
Pierce County is located in western Wisconsin along the border of Minnesota.
Officials are asking anyone who has traveled to places with active COVID-19 in the past 14 days to self-monitor and self-quarantine themselves.
Anyone who has self-quarantined themselves and develops symptoms such as fever, coughing, or breathing problems are asked to contact their local health department and health care provider for testing which may be possible in that area.
Pierce County Health Officials say they are working closely with their partners to respond to the situation, and the person who is isolated at their home is cooperating.
In addition, officials say the person who is infected is also staying at home.
A news conference is scheduled for Tuesday regarding the case, however a time has not been released.
The Osceola School District is closed March 10 because a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 attended an event at the high school March 7.
“While the risk to others is considered low, we cannot know for sure that there is absolutely no risk,” reads a statement from the district.
Staff will spend Tuesday cleaning the school.
Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee says three of its students are in isolation after having contact with someone with COVID-19 while on Spring Break. The school says the students are symptom-free.
The first person who tested positive in the state was in Dane County, and was also isolated at home, and was never hospitalized.
That patient had recently traveled to China.
More labs across the country are able to test for #COVID-19. And now, Wisconsin clinicians can order tests without public health approval. We expect the number of tests will be increasing, but remember, tests don’t necessarily mean infections. Learn more: https://t.co/WjO1GXfDZE pic.twitter.com/CLIp3XESpg
— WIDeptHealthServices (@DHSWI) March 10, 2020
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