WISCONSIN — There are now at least 541 positive cases of coronavirus in Wisconsin, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
There have been over 8,000 negative tests.
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Five deaths have been reported in connection to COVID-19.
On Monday, Gov. Evers announced he would sign a 'Safer From Home' order on Tuesday, asking Wisconsinites to stay at home except for essential travel.
DHS secretary Andrea Palm said that without the Safer at Home order, public health officials predicted that 22,000 people in Wisconsin would contract the virus by April 8. During that time period, between 440 and 1,500 deaths would happen.
The DHS Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ryan Westergaard said that of the total COVID-19 cases, "We believe that number is higher, probably as high as 20 percent."
|Wisconsin County||Total Cases as of 3/24/2020||Total Deaths as of 3/24/2020|
|Fond du Lac*||18||1|
* An asterisk indicates community spread has been identified.
Health officials reiterated that residents should 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.