DHS: 14 people in Wisconsin being tested for coronavirus, results pending

Posted at 4:13 PM, Mar 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-05 22:22:00-05

WISCONSIN — The number of pending tests for coronavirus in the state has gone up.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says there are now 14 pending tests. That number rose by eight since Wednesday.

Thirty-nine people have been tested for coronavirus so far. In addition to the 14 pending cases, one has come back positive, and 24 others have come back negative.

Governor Tony Evers and DHS Secretary designee Andrea Palm say the risk to the general public is very low.

What are the symptoms?

The Wisconsin DHS says common human coronaviruses usually cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold. Most people get infected with these viruses at some point in their lives.

These illnesses usually only last for a short amount of time. Symptoms may include:

  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • A general feeling of being unwell

What you can do:

If you have traveled in an area that is one of the countries deemed high risk by the CDC and have a fever, cough, and shortness of breath within 14 days from travel, contact your health care provider by phone (before presenting to the clinic or emergency department) as soon as possible and let them know about your recent travel before you visit.

To avoid getting the virus and spreading this or any other respiratory diseases, wash your hands with soap and water, cover your cough, and stay home if you are sick.

Get a flu shot. Flu can be very dangerous to children, older adults, and those with compromised immune systems.

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Coronavirus in Wisconsin

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More information: COVID-19 on the Wisconsin DHS website

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