At least 90 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Wisconsin, DHS says

Posted at 1:55 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 12:40:49-04

WISCONSIN — At least 90 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Wisconsin, the state Department of Health Services said Tuesday.

The Department of Health Services reports new cases every day at 2 p.m. Their cases online were still listed at 72, but did not include several updated after the 2 p.m. update.

Here's the latest county-by-county breakdown as of 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Wisconsin CountyTotal Cases
Fond du Lac11

An asterisk on the chart above indicates a county has experienced 'community spread' of the coronavirus - meaning they did not get it from someone who recently returned from a foreign country or other COVID-19 hotspot.

The news comes about 24 hours after Gov. Tony Evers ordered a ban on mass gatherings of 50 or more people on Monday. Evers said the ban is for everyone to "practice social distancing and take every step possible to mitigate the spread of COVID-19."

Gov. Tony Evers orders ban on mass gatherings of 50 or more people

The ban will not affect "critical infrastructure and services" such as grocery stores, food pantries, childcare centers, pharmacies, and hospitals.

Just hours after that announcement from Gov. Evers, a majority of Milwaukee County's municipalities announced late Monday night they would be closing all bars and restaurants, except for carryout and delivery services. Several additional municipalities joined that list Tuesday afternoon.

11 Milwaukee County municipalities close restaurants, bars except for carryout, delivery

Health officials at the news conference also reiterated their call for residents to take simple steps to help prevent the spread of coronavirus:

  • Frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water.
  • Covering coughs and sneezes.
  • Avoiding touching your face.
  • Staying home when sick.

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Coronavirus in Wisconsin

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