Children's Wisconsin doctor tests positive for COVID-19

Posted at 12:30 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 18:12:43-04

An email sent to staff at Children's Wisconsin said a doctor has tested positive for COVID-19.

The hospital said Wednesday afternoon said the doctor tested positive for the coronavirus. The doctor traveled outside of Wisconsin before relevant travel restrictions were in place, according to the hospital.

The doctor is quarantined at home and has mild symptoms.

"Our Infection Prevention team, working with the CDC, Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wauwatosa Health Department, are identifying and contacting all staff and all patient families with exposure to the diagnosed doctor. Patient families will be given individualized instructions and support for their needs. Staff will also be instructed on next steps based on CDC guidelines, ranging from monitoring symptoms, self-quarantine or testing," said the hospital in a press release.

As of Wednesday morning, there were at least 108 people in Wisconsin who had tested positive for the virus. Here's the latest county-by-county breakdown:

Wisconsin CountyTotal Cases as of 3/18/2020
La Crosse1
Fond du Lac12

* An asterisk indicates community spread has been identified.

There have been over 1,500 negative cases throughout the state.

Earlier Wednesday, Governor Tony Evers ordered a scaling down of all child care settings in the state amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Centers now may not operate with more than 10 staff members present at one time and more than 50 children present at one time.

The restriction goes into effect at 8 a.m. on March 19.

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“Child care is an essential service for many of the folks working on the front lines to provide healthcare and vital services to our communities during the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Gov. Evers. “This is another step forward to ensure that service continues, while protecting our child care providers who are going above and beyond their regular duties to support our families, communities, and state.”

Evers said those using child care who can keep their kids at home should do so.

Health officials reiterated 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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