Tracking coronavirus cases in Fond du Lac County
As Action 2 News has reported, Fond du Lac County has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in our area, with eleven positive tests. While no new cases have been reported in that community since Sunday, the majority of those who tested positive are all part of one group that recently returned from a trip to Egypt. Members of that travel group have been quarantined but not until after they interacted with others in the community.
Someday Travel, the agency out of Fond du Lac, that planned the Nile river cruise, has dozens of pictures on its Facebook page, documenting the trip. We now know that nine people who traveled to Egypt have tested positive for the coronavirus, two were hospitalized.
Photos of the trip can be found
Action 2 News has learned some of those people have had contact with others in the community leading to additional quarantines.
According to a statement from the co-owner of Someday Travel, the group returned from their trip on March 2nd. At that time, some of the travelers began to have symptoms of coughing, low-grade fever, achy bodies and fatigue. The Fond du Lac County Health Department was notified. And according the statement from Someday Travel co-owner, Valerie Graczyk, "They advised us based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations at that time that Egypt was not a high-risk country, and as such, that testing approval by the state would not happen."
Based on that, Someday Travel says everyone went about with their lives.
The full statement from Valerie Graczyk, Co-Owner of Someday Travel, can be found below:
Action 2 News has learned that at least one of the travelers attended a March 5th event put on by the Fond du Llac Morning Rotary. Because of that contact, some members of rotary have been self quarantined as a precaution.
Older people and those with underlying health conditions (heart disease, diabetes, lung disease) are considered at high risk, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People with those conditions should take the proper precautions.
COVID-19 is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
"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 the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
for more information on symptoms. Emergency signs include pain and pressure in the chest, confusion and bluish lips or face.
The CDC believes symptoms may appear between two and 14 days after contact with an infected person.
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DHS recommends taking these steps to help stop the spread of the virus:
--Frequent and thorough handwashing with soap and water.
--Covering coughs and sneezes.
--Avoiding touching your face.
--Staying home when sick.
everyone in the United States avoid large events and mass gatherings for at least eight weeks.
The virus originated in Wuhan, China. The spread started in December 2019.