The Oneida County Health Department has confirmed that the first person in Oneida County has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

Earlier in the week, the Vilas County Health Department announced its first two cases of COVID-19.

According to Linda Conlon, Oneida County Health Department director, the  individual is in their 20s with a known history of travel. The individual is currently in isolation.

County health officials are working to determine how the person may have become infected and are contacting individuals with whom the patient had close contact.

Conlon asks community members to follow Gov. Tony Evers’ Safer At Home order and stay at home as much as possible.

“With community spread of COVID-19 throughout the state of Wisconsin, it is very important that everyone takes this seriously,” Conlon said.

In addition, Conlon said people should continue to:

— Frequently and thoroughly wash hands with soap and water;

— Cover coughs and sneezes;

— Avoid touching your face;

— Stay home when sick;

— Practice social and physical distancing; and

— Avoid large gatherings and crowds.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath. 

“If you think you may have COVID-19, you should call the clinic or hospital before going. Please do not call 911; this should be reserved for those needing critical emergency attention,” said Conlon.

The department is keeping track of the outbreak. 

“We are working with our local, state and federal partners to deal quickly and effectively when people have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been around people who have been infected with the coronavirus to make sure our community remains safe and healthy,” said Conlon.

To get the latest information about COVID-19, visit the Oneida County Health Department website at oneidacountypublichealth.org or Facebook page at facebook.com/OneidaCountyHealthDepartment, the Department of Health Services website at dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19, or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.