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Douglas County sees first confirmed COVID-19 case

DOUGLAS COUNTY, WI -- Public Health officials have confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in Douglas County, WI.

Health officials say the patient likely contracted the virus while travelling in the U-S to a state with known cases.

They say the individual developed symptoms like coughing and a fever within a few days of returning - then saw their doctor.

A lab test came back positive overnight Friday. Officials said Friday the person is at home, doing well.

This first case didn't come as as a surprise to the county as officials say they were prepared.

County health officials says its important to remember where exactly an infected person lives does not matter.

"People are so mobile. This person wasn't only in a one block radius of their home. They were shopping, traveling out and about through the entire county, not just in the community," said Kathy Ronchi, the the county's health officer.

Ronchi urges people to keep self-distancing as the best weapon in fighting the spread.

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