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Wauwatosa Health Department Reports Positive Case of COVID-19

An individual residing in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin has tested positive for the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19)
Post Date:03/15/2020 5:25 PM

The Wauwatosa Health Department received notification that an individual residing in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin has tested positive for the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19).

This individual recently returned from international travel.  Upon returning to the United States, the individual was experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 exposure and went to a Milwaukee area hospital for evaluation.  Following testing, the individual returned to their home and has remained under self-quarantine. It is extremely important to note that this individual did exactly as asked by medical professionals and local officials.

To prevent the spread of illness, Wauwatosa Health Department is conducting a contact investigation to identify and follow-up with any people who had close contact with this individual.  Close contacts will be monitored by local public health department staff, do daily symptom and temperature checks, and isolate themselves.

To minimize the spread of illness, Wauwatosa Health Department recommends people postpone or cancel nonessential travel to areas with coronavirus.  This includes both international travel and domestic travel to areas with widespread illness.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updates this information daily.  If travel is essential to these areas, travelers should undergo a 14-day self-quarantine upon your return and monitor your health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.  The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has more information about how to self-quarantine on their website at dhs.wisconsin.gov.

There are steps everyone can take to stay healthy.  These include washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, staying home when sick, and coughing or sneezing into a disposable tissue or their elbow.

There are numerous resources on the CDC website to help prepare for coronavirus.

Seek medical advice if you develop symptoms, have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently been in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.

Additional information is available on Wauwatosa’s response to the COVID-19 virus.

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