Story at a glance

  • A patient in Wisconsin made contact with someone infected with the coronavirus while traveling in China.
  • The person has not been hospitalized and is in good condition, but is self-quarantined at home.
  • Health officials say the risk from infection is very low for Americans.

Health officials are confirming a case of coronavirus in Wisconsin, bringing the total of confirmed cases in the U.S. to 12. 

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services made the announcement during a conference call Wednesday. 

Health officials say the patient recently had contact with someone with the virus while traveling in China before returning to Wisconsin. The patient reportedly walked into an emergency room on Jan. 30 at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison after experiencing symptoms. 

The patient has not been hospitalized and was described as being in good condition and is self-quarantined at home. Health officials did not give details about the patient’s age or identity. 

“At this time, the risk of getting sick from 2019 novel coronavirus is very low,” Jeanne Ayers, administrator for the Wisconsin Division of Public Health, said during a conference call

So far, 10 people in Wisconsin have been tested for exposure to the coronavirus. Of those, seven have tested negative, while results for the other two are still pending. 

There have been 11 other cases of the coronavirus in the U.S., with at least six cases in California alone. 

Worldwide, there have been more than 24,300 cases confirmed, with at least 490 dead in China, one dead in the Philippines and one dead in Hong Kong.

Published on Feb 05, 2020