UW Health to start asking travel history questions in response to coronavirus outbreak

MADISON, Wis. — Starting Friday afternoon, patients visiting UW Health emergency rooms and urgent care centers will be asked for their travel history due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Patients will specifically be asked about trips to or from Wuhan, China, according to a release by UW Health.  Travel history questions will be expanded to other patient care areas, like clinics, next week.

Any patient suspected to have contracted the coronavirus will be masked and isolated in a private exam room.

UW Health is working closely with state and federal officials. As of Friday morning, UW Health has not identified any cases of coronavirus at this time.

UW-Platteville students are also being monitored after a trip to Wuhan, China, where the virus originated. Two of those students were from Wuhan.

The cause of an outbreak of pneumonia in Wuhan, China was recently identified as a new type of coronavirus. It has spread throughout China and southeast Asia, with at least two confirmed cases in the United States, including one in Chicago.

University of Wisconsin Platteville students are being monitored for the virus after a trip to China. Two of those students were from Wuhan. 

The University of Wisconsin Madison is monitoring a growing concern for the virus, but has no confirmed cases as of Friday morning.

Symptoms of coronavirus include a runny nose, headache, cough and fever.