Wisconsin coronavirus cases rise to 7 with 2 new ones in Dane County

MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) – Two more residents of Dane County have contracted coronavirus, raising the number of confirmed cases in the Badger State to seven within a week, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Both had contact with a confirmed case reported earlier this week, and both are isolated at home, the DHS said in a joint release with Public Health Madison & Dane County.

“As we see more cases, we remain vigilant in our efforts to prevent the spread of infection to others in the community,” State Health Officer Jeanne Ayers said. “These cases should serve to remind all of us about the importance of social distancing and maintaining good hygiene to prevent the spread of the disease.”

The announcement came shortly after Gov. Tony Evers declared a public health emergency to help contain coronavirus, also called COVID-19.

“Public Health Madison & Dane County is well prepared to deal with an increased number of cases and will continue to work with DHS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and our partners to ensure the health and safety of our community,” said agency director Janel Heinrich.

Other counties where cases have been confirmed include Fond du Lac, Waukesha and Pierce.

In addition to the cases reported in the state, 37 people are returning from Wisconsin from a Princess cruise ship where some passengers had the virus. They are being told to self-quarantine for 14 days in case they were exposed.