- Associated Press - Monday, March 9, 2020

ELLSWORTH, Wis. (AP) - A second person in Wisconsin has tested positive for the new coronavirus, this time in Pierce County, along the Minnesota border, state and county health officials announced Tuesday.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Pierce County Public Health Department said the person was exposed while traveling within the U.S. and is currently isolated at home.

County officials are working to determine who many have had contact with the person so others can be isolated and tested if they have symptoms. The person’s family is also staying home.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

The vast majority of people recover from the new virus, known as COVID-19.

State Health Officer Jeanne Ayers urged Wisconsinites to take precautions to avoid illness, such as washing hands thoroughly and frequently and staying home when sick.

People who have traveled to places with active cases of the virus in the past 14 days are asked to self-monitor, quarantine themselves and contact their local health department and health care provider if they experience symptoms.


The Associated Press receives support for health and science coverage from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.

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