2019 Novel Coronavirus

Frequently Asked Questions


How is this changing operations at UW Health hospitals and clinics?

  • Care of our hospitalized patients is not affected in any way.
  • We will continue to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in asking our patients travel screening questions throughout our hospitals, emergency departments, urgent care centers and other clinical locations. But there are no additional changes in the operations of any UW Health facilities.
  • If you have a clinic visit, procedure, treatment, test, surgery or hospital admission scheduled, it has not changed. Please proceed with your scheduled appointments as usual.

How extensive is our risk from the Coronavirus?

  • The CDC considers the risk posed by Coronavirus to the general American public to be low at this time. The current risk to those living in Wisconsin is also considered to be low.
  • As of February 5, 2020, there have been 12 cases of Coronavirus in six states in the United States.

How is the confirmed case being handled?

  • As of February 5, 2020, one patient has tested positive at a UW Health location.
    • This patient's minor symptoms did not require hospitalization.
    • At-home quarantine, under the guidance and supervision of the Public Health Madison and Dane County, has been underway since January 30, 2020, for this patient until symptoms resolve.

When is UW Health recommending patients seek medical assistance, related to Coronavirus?

  • The flu poses a higher risk than Coronavirus. If patients are experiencing symptoms that could be the flu (sore throat, cough, fever), they should consult their health provider.
  • In screening for the novel Coronavirus, UW Health is following CDC guidelines, which include assessing symptoms (fever, signs of respiratory illness) and travel history (to Wuhan or mainland China) or exposure to confirmed Coronavirus patients.