Brown County confirms third case of coronavirus

BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - Health officials have announced a third confirmed case of coronavirus in Brown County.

Brown County Health and Human Services says the patient was exposed to coronavirus while traveling. The patient is in isolation.

Public Health Information Officer Ted Shove says results came back Saturday.

"Public Health officials have been in contact with the patient and have reached out to any individual who was directly exposed," reads a statement from the Public Health Division.

Shove says the patient and those who had contact with the patient are in self-quarantine.

"Due to Federal HIPAA laws we cannot disclose any detailed information regarding an individual who tests positive for COVID-19. Public Health will release general information to the public as it becomes available," reads a statement from the health department.

Last Thursday, the county closed down the courthouse for cleaning after learning a coronavirus patient had been in and around the building.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says there is evidence of community spread in Brown County. That means a patient does not know how they contracted the virus. For example, they had no contact with a patient and did not travel.

Five people in Wisconsin have died due to complications from coronavirus.

The state has just shy of 400 confirmed cases. CLICK HERE to track the outbreak in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers says he will be issuing an order that shuts down "all non-essential business statewide" to help stop the spread of coronavirus. We're still waiting on the specifics of that order. CLICK HERE for what we know at this time.

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The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says COVID-19 is spread via coughs and sneezes.

"This is similar to how influenza is spread. The virus is found in droplets from the throat and nose. When someone coughs or sneezes, other people near them can breathe in those droplets. The virus can also spread when someone touches an object with the virus on it. If that person touches their mouth, face, or eyes, the virus can make them sick," says DHS.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention adds, "It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads."

Here's how you can prevent the spread of coronavirus (RECOMMENDATIONS FROM DHS):

* Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

* Stay at home as much as possible. Cancel events and avoid groups, gatherings, play dates, and nonessential appointments.

* Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

* Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

* Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

* Stay at least six feet away from other people.

* Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles).

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