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First case of coronavirus confirmed in Wisconsin

Of the more than 24,000 confirmed cases worldwide, only 191 are outside of China.

The first confirmed case of coronavirus in Wisconsin involves a patient who was diagnosed at UW Health University Hospital in Madison. 

Confirmation of the illness was announced Wednesday by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, which noted that the patient was exposed to the coronavirus while traveling to China. The patient was not hospitalized and is being kept in isolation at home. 

Health officials in Wisconsin say seven of 10 tests for coronavirus have come back negative, with two test results still pending. 

The new strain of the coronavirus has killed more than 490 people worldwide and causes illness in approximately 24,300 more people across two dozen countries, including the U.S. 

Of those more than 24,000 confirmed cases, only 191 are outside of China, according to the World Health Organization's Feb. 5 situation report. 

“We know people are wondering what to do to protect themselves and their families from this virus. Our best advice is to follow the same steps for avoiding colds and flu, including staying home when you’re sick, covering coughs and sneezes, and frequently washing hands,” said Wisconsin Health Officer Jeanne Ayers.

No cases of the virus have been confirmed in Minnesota. 

Travel restrictions and screening processes are in place for U.S.-China travel, with some airlines stopping flights between the U.S. and China. Delta, just last week, announced a stoppage of such flights beginning Feb. 6 for three months. 

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