Number of COVID-19 cases rises to 27 in Wisconsin
Department of health services updates numbers Saturday afternoon
The total number of cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin rose to 27 as of Saturday afternoon , according to the state Department of Health Services.
Wisconsin health officials reported eight new cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. Four new cases were reported in Milwaukee County. Winnebago County also reported its first case. Two more cases were reported in Waukesha County and another in Dane County.
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The total number of cases as of Saturday afternoon are:
- Six cases in Dane County
- Six cases in Fond du Lac County
- Six cases in Milwaukee County
- One case in Pierce County
- One case in Racine County
- Three cases in Sheboygan County
- Three cases in Waukesha County
- One case in Winnebago
Now that more labs are able to test for COVID-19, Wisconsin clinicians can order tests without public health approval, according to the DHS website.
To stay healthy, the department suggests people wash their hands often, cover their coughs and sneezes, and stay home when sick.
Milwaukee County officials announced they are closing the Milwaukee County Zoo, Milwaukee County Parks facilities and the county's senior centers.
Amid the spread of the disease, Gov. Tony Evers Friday ordered all public schools in the state to close in hopes of slowing the spread of the illness. The governor's move will affect nearly a million students and their families. Earlier in the week, the governor declared a public health emergency .
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