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Wisconsin virus cases increase, patience urgedSubmitted: 03/27/2020
Wisconsin virus cases increase, patience urged
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MADISON - Wisconsin's top health leader is urging patience, saying Friday it will take "several weeks" before the impact on a stay-at-home order is seen in the number of cases of the coronavirus.

The state Department of Health Services reported Friday that there were 842 cases in the state, up from 707 the day before. The state said there have been 13 deaths, but local health departments have confirmed 15.

Milwaukee County had the most deaths at eight, followed by Ozaukee County with three and one each in Dane, Fond du Lac, Iron and Sauk counties.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm said without implementing the stay-at-home order, DHS models show 22,000 people could be sick with the virus by April 8.

"Please don't get discouraged," Palm said. "We need to remain to be vigilant."

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