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First case of coronavirus confirmed in Wisconsin

Posted at 1:21 PM, Feb 05, 2020

The first case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Wisconsin.

The patient diagnosed with coronavirus in Wisconsin lives in Dane County.

Madison's mayor says the person in question went right from the airport to the UW Health hospital where they were diagnosed with coronavirus.

Even though the patient was diagnosed with coronavirus, they were allowed to go home to self-isolate.

We don't know if the patient is a man or woman. We do know they recently traveled to Beijing for Lunar New Year they came in contact with someone who had coronavirus.

Despite the official confirmation of coronavirus being in Wisconsin, health officials say the overall risk to the general public remains extremely low.

"This public health crisis will not be solved with fear and discrimination," said Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway. "It will be solved with compassion and science."

The patient in Dane County will remain in self-isolation until it's determined they're no longer infectious. It's unclear how long that will take.

Officials also announced a coronavirus hotline. That number is (608) 243-0587.

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