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By SCOTT BAUER Associated Press/VICTOR JOCOBO CBS 58 News 

MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58/AP) — There is one confirmed case of coronavirus in Wisconsin, and six more cases pending, according to Department of Health Services Wednesday, Mar. 4.  

Health leaders coordinating Wisconsin's reaction to the new coronavirus are assuring lawmakers that the risk of infection remains low in the state.

But they said at a Wednesday briefing that discussions are underway about how to handle potential outbreaks at prisons, long-term care facilities and other places where people congregate.

State health officials urged calm, while also acknowledging that much is not known about the virus that causes a disease called COVID-19.

They noted that the guidance they give now may change as the virus spreads and more is learned. Only one person in Wisconsin has tested positive.

That person has recovered.

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