Novel coronavirus case confirmed in Wood County
From the Wood County Health Department
WISCONSIN RAPIDS —Wisconsin health officials confirmed that a person in Wood County tested positive for novel coronavirus after recently returning from a cruise. The patient is doing well, isolated at home. Health officials are investigating how the person may have become infected, and will be contacting individuals who may have had close contact with the patient.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you think you may have COVID-19, you should call the clinic or hospital before going. Please do not call 911; this should be reserved for those needing critical emergency attention.
“The best thing people can do is practice every day good health habits – cover your coughs and sneezes by coughing into your upper sleeve, wash your hands often, and stay home if you’re sick. In addition, people should avoid all non-essential travel and contact with large groups, greater than 25-50.” says Sue Kunferman, Wood County Health Department Director/Health Officer.
Individuals should practice everyday prevention measures like:
Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; Carry and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if hand washing is not an option. Do not touch your face (eyes, mouth, nose); Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash; Do not share eating utensils, water bottles, beverage containers or other personal items; Stay home when you are sick; Avoid close contact (6 feet or less) with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms; Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces; If you develop a cough, fever, or shortness of breath or other respiratory symptoms after traveling, stay home and contact your healthcare provider for instructions before going to a clinic.
For more information about novel coronavirus, contact the Wood County Health Department, 715-421-8911.