Local hospitals, airports on high alert due to coronavirus outbreak

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) In the U.S. 63 people in 22 states are under investigation for a worldwide virus outbreak.

That’s according to the CDC.

The coronavirus outbreak has hospitals and airports on high alert.

Both Mayo Clinic and Gundersen Health Systems have protocols set in place for outbreaks like these.

Mayo and Gundersen both say health providers are required to ask patients about their recent health and travel history, which has been common practice in many instances before the coronavirus.

They take isolation precautions if a patient has traveled to China in the last two weeks, has had contact with someone who has recently traveled to China or has symptoms related to the virus.

These symptoms include fever, new cough, or shortness of breath.

The La Crosse Regional Airport says it is currently not screening.

Airport officials say passengers traveling from China are screened at larger airports before flying to La Crosse.