Wisconsin Department of Health Services answers public's COVID-19 questions through Facebook live event

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(CBS 58) -- The Wisconsin Department of Health Services answered questions from the public for nearly an hour on Wednesday, March 11.

The DHS held a Facebook Live event. Right now in Wisconsin, there have been three confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Viewers submitted dozens of questions relating to the coronavirus outbreak to the department through its different social media accounts. 

"This is not a thing that any doctors in Wisconsin or patients have had to deal with before, so we are in communication with all of our partners that make up the health system and the public health system," DHS Chief Medical Officer for Infectious Diseases Dr. Ryan Westergaard said. 

Westergaard said as of last week, there are two labs across the state that are able to do 100-150 COVID-19 tests per day which they believe is good, given the number of cases Wisconsin has seen so far.

"We're preparing for both a sprint and a marathon because we want to be prepared for getting everyone ready for an outbreak if the disease starts spreading in the community," he said. "But also it might be months before we see this go away. It's too early to tell and I think it is our responsibility to be prepared for that this is going to be around for awhile."

All of the Facebook Live videos can be seen on DHS' Facebook page

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