Health care officials recommend anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms with a travel history to countries or states with active coronavirus outbreaks to call in advance before going to a clinic. Symptoms can be mild or severe and include fever, cough or shortness of breath.
The state’s first case of COVID-19, a Dane County resident, was released from isolation late last month after recovering and testing negative twice.
“While we have a new person with coronavirus, the risk for getting sick from coronavirus remains low in Dane County,” Janel Heinrich, director of Public Health Madison and Dane County, said in a statement.
However, state officials recommend residents avoid non-essential travel, especially to areas where the virus has been spreading, including Seattle, Washington; northern California; Florida and New York City.
Officials said the Pierce County patient attended an event at Osceola High School on Saturday before testing positive for the virus. Officials said the risk is low to those who attended the event.
The Osceola district was closed Tuesday as a precautionary measure for “deep cleaning” following the event, said Traci DeSalvo, chief of Wisconsin’s communicable diseases epidemiology section.
In response to the two confirmed cases of coronavirus in Dane County, the Madison School District has imposed a temporary restriction on any out-of-state travel for district staff and student events, including meetings, conferences and field trips.
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