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Walworth County now has a confirmed case of COVID-19, a person who recently traveled domestically and self-isolated upon return, according to a news release issued Wednesday.

The county’s Division of Public Health said the person’s isolation occurred at the division’s recommendation, the release states.

“We are in daily contact with this individual to monitor their symptoms and ensure they are receiving support to be able to isolate at home,” Erica Bergstrom, public health officer, said in the release.

Division officials said in the release that they are working with local, state and federal officials to quickly handle people who have symptoms or have been around those who have been infected by the new coronavirus.

However, the Walworth County case was not on the daily list of cases provided by the state Department of Health Services and shared Wednesday afternoon. It was not immediately clear if that was because of a lag in reporting or for another reason.

The division will notify close contacts of any identified cases, the release states. Those who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days and watch for symptoms.

No other information about the patient will be provided to protect privacy, according to the release.

“Walworth County Division of Public Health is ready to deal with an increased number of cases. We will continue to work with DHS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and our local partners to make sure our community remains safe and healthy,” Bergstrom said in the release.

The release points people who want more information to the CDC’s website, the state Department of Health Services’ website and a page on Walworth County’s website.

For more Gazette coverage on the new coronavirus, visit GazetteXtra.com/coronavirus.

This story was updated at 3:50 p.m. Wednesday.

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