Third case of coronavirus confirmed in Wisconsin

Posted at 10:42 AM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 17:50:00-04

UPDATE: Since this story was published, three more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Wisconsin. Get the latest information here.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has confirmed another case of coronavirus in the state, putting the total at three.

The person was exposed while traveling in the United States and is currently isolated at home.

“We are working with our local health departments to make sure everyone who has been in contact with our confirmed cases is notified. We continue to urge state residents to take precautions to avoid illness,” said State Health Officer Jeanne Ayers. “As guidance is evolving, it’s important for people to monitor the DHS and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) [] websites for the latest information and guidance on COVID-19.”

The news comes less than 24 hours after Wisconsin's second case was confirmed. That person, from Pierce County in the western part of the state, was also exposed while traveling within the U.S.

Health officials in Pierce County are working to see if anyone was in contact with the patient. If so, they plan to isolate or quarantine people as well as test those who are exhibiting symptoms.

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The Department of Health Services says that if the COVID-19 virus begins to spread further throughout the state, public health officials may consider temporary closures of child care facilities and schools, workplace social distancing and measures such as modifying or postponing mass gatherings.

The DHS also says people who have traveled to places with active cases of COVID-19 in the past 14 days should self-monitor and self-quarantine themselves. If you or anyone you know has symptoms, like fever, cough, or breathing problems, contact your local health department and health care provider for possible testing.

To avoid getting sick be sure to wash your hands thoroughly, cover coughs and sneezes, avoid touching your face and stay home when sick.

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