Health officials confirm first COVID-19 cases in Grant, Monroe counties

Coronavirus Covid 19 Virus

LANCASTER, Wis. — Health officials have announced the first positive cases of the coronavirus in Grant and Monroe counties.

According to a Tuesday news release from the Grant County Health Department, the person in Grant County is in their 20s and was “likely exposed to a positive traveler and developed symptoms shortly afterwards.”

The person has not been hospitalized and has stayed at their home under isolation since being tested.

“We will remain in frequent contact with the individual to monitor their health care needs and to ensure that they are able to remain isolated at home while they are ill,” said Grant County Health Department Director and Health Officer Jeff Kindrai.

According to a post from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, the first case in Monroe County is a man in his 50s who has had no known exposure through travel or contact with a confirmed case.

The Monroe County Health Department said the man has since been isolating at home.

Health officials are actively identifying contacts the man may have had and plan to follow up with anyone who was possibly exposed.

“There is no need for the public to panic,” said Monroe County Health Department Director and Health Officer Sharon Nelson. “We have been preparing for a case of COVID-19 in Monroe County.”

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services said the state’s total number of COVID-19 cases has risen to 457, with 8,237 negative tests. That total does not include the new cases in Grant and Monroe counties.