MONROE — The number of reported COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin rose Monday afternoon to 416, with five reported deaths, but Green County’s reported cases remained at one.
The infected individual in Green County was reported Friday to be 29 years old and in isolation at home. There is no known direct contact with a positive case, although there is known travel in Florida.
As of Monday, Lafayette County still has no reported cases. The Department of Health releases the number of reported COVID-19 cases in the state daily at 2 p.m.
Gov. Tony Evers announced Monday he will issue a “stay-at-home” order Tuesday in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Illinois issued a stay-at-home order last week.
Testing for the infection caused by the new coronavirus is being limited at two state labs in Wisconsin to the highest priority patients and healthcare workers, due to a national shortage of COVID-19 laboratory testing materials, the Department of Health Services announced March 17.
Although both laboratories have “significantly increased their capacity” for testing, the number of samples coming in “exceeds daily capacity,” according to the announcement. Both laboratories will be testing high-priority samples from hospitalized patients and health care workers seven days a week for the foreseeable future.
“In an effort to maintain capacity and make better use of limited supplies, and because anyone traveling outside of the country is already being asked to self-isolate for 14 days, we’re prioritizing testing of healthcare providers and hospitalized patients with symptoms,” RoAnn Warden, director of Green County Public Health, said in a statement. “Prioritizing testing also assures that Green County Public Health can manage the caseload and follow up on the most critical patients as efficiently and effectively as possible.”
Test requests that do not meet the criteria will be sent to other labs in the state and country.
There is “no role” for testing asymptomatic patients, according to the state Health Department, and testing is also not recommended for people with mild, upper respiratory symptoms, or those with mild illnesses for which they would not normally seek medical care.
Beginning March 17, Monroe Clinic is offering a free virtual evaluation for anyone who is concerned they may be experiencing symptoms of, or may have been exposed to, Coronavirus (COVID-19). Anyone who lives in Wisconsin or Illinois is eligible for the free evaluation, by going to www.ssmhealth.com/covid19.