Dane County resident diagnosed with Coronavirus released from isolation after 29 days

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MADISON, Wis. — The Dane County resident who was diagnosed with coronavirus has been released from isolation Friday after 29 days, state health officials said.

Public Health Madison & Dane County Community Health Supervisor Karrie Bartlett said the resident, who was diagnosed Feb. 5, has tested negative for the virus twice, which means they can leave isolation and resume normal activities.

The individual has been in isolation at home since Jan. 30.

“As you can imagine, not leaving your home for nearly a month takes its toll,” Bartlett said. “Throughout this period. This person has been nothing but patient and understanding. We are extremely appreciative of their commitment to public health and preventing the spread of coronavirus in Wisconsin.”

Officials said the risk of getting sick from coronavirus is low in Wisconsin. PHMDC staff are continuing to monitor incoming travelers from China and people who may have had contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus, according to the news release Friday.

To help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the flu, officials recommend:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

“Everyday habits can help prevent the spread of several viruses, including the flu, which is currently very prevalent in our community,” the agency said in the statement.

PHMDC has a website and phone line available with more coronavirus information. Call 608-243-0587 or visit publichealthmdc.com/coronavirus.