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DHS: Six people in Wisconsin are being tested for the coronavirus

Posted at 2:19 PM, Mar 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-04 19:07:28-05

WISCONSIN — There are now six pending cases for COVID-19, or the coronavirus, in Wisconsin.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, six people are awaiting results for coronavirus.

There has been only one positive test for the virus in the state, with 19 others testing negative.

State officials told the public earlier that the overall risk for the virus remains low, but that it will likely become a global pandemic.

"We have been preparing for this type of situation for more than a decade because of the known risk of pandemic influenza," said Dr. Ryan Westergaard, the state's Chief Medical Officer for Communicable Diseases. "While coronavirus is a different type of virus than influenza, particularly because there's not an effective vaccine at this time and we don't have an effective anti-viral treatment, the basic infection control measures and the community level interventions that we have in our tool kits remain highly applicable."

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