Patients awaiting coronavirus results; more test kits making their way to Wisconsin

NOW: Patients awaiting coronavirus results; more test kits making their way to Wisconsin

WISCONSIN (CBS 58) -- Wisconsin health officials are working to contain the coronavirus after the state reported its first confirmed case. 

We've learned more people are being tested for the disease.

In a call Thursday afternoon, health officials from the state said that they're still learning more about the virus, and although it's not a situation to panic over, it is serious. 

Thousands of cases have been reported all around the world, but now it was announced that an adult woman has tested positive for coronavirus in Wisconsin.

She is quarantined and being closely monitored. Health officials say the woman is making a pretty good recovery. They say she was recently in China for the celebration of the new year and immediately came back and self-isolated, alerting health officials and following all directives, wearing a mask and immediately reporting to the hospital.

Currently, Wisconsin has 14 people who are in self-isolation.

Half of them came back negative for the coronavirus. One is the newly identified positive case, and the other six are waiting for testing.

More test kits are being shipped to Wisconsin. Each kit can test about 700-800 specimens.

They would not confirm whether there is any connection between the people under investigation. 

For residents worried about it spreading, officials say the risk to the general public remains low.

"With any new virus, it can be an especially frightening time, and we want people to know that we're working around the clock with these partners at these different levels to protect the public. I also want to emphasize a very important message. Ethnicity does not influence transmission of the novel coronavirus."

Health officials say if you have not traveled to China or been in contact with someone who has been confirmed to have the coronavirus or is exhibiting symptoms, you should be okay. 

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