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NEWS RELEASE - 2019 Novel Coronavirus

Vernon County Health Department

318 Fairlane Drive (Co Hwy BB) • PO Box 209 • Viroqua, WI 54665-0209
Phone 608-637-5251 • FAX 608-637-5514

Date: February 5, 2020
From: Beth Johnson, RN, BSN



The State Department of Health Services reported that the first case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus was
confirmed in Wisconsin today.

While this is occurring, the immediate risk to the general public remains
The steps that all Wisconsin residents can take to help prevent the spread of this virus are the same as
those used to protect against colds and flu:

        • Cover your coughs and sneezes
        • Wash hands frequently
        • Stay home from work and school when you are sick
        • Avoid others who are sick

Influenza and other seasonal respiratory viruses are common in Wisconsin this time of year.
The patient is an adult with a history of travel to Beijing, China prior to becoming ill and was exposed
to known cases while in China. The individual is isolated at home, and is doing well. Out of respect
for the privacy of the patient and their household, this is the only information that is available.
It is not too late to receive your flu shot if you have not already done so. See your health care
provider or contact the Health Department as there is still vaccine available.

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed as things unfold.
You may check the CDC website at or the Department of Health Services website at for further information.