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Wisconsin COVID-19 confirmed cases rise to 381 as Tony Evers asks FEMA for virus masks, other protective gear
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Wisconsin COVID-19 confirmed cases rise to 381 as Tony Evers asks FEMA for virus masks, other protective gear

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Gov. Tony Evers

Gov. Tony Evers holds a news conference on the state's response to the coronavirus on Feb. 13.

Wisconsin reported 100 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday with no additional deaths, as it seeks federal help in obtaining tens of thousands additional pieces of protective equipment as the state continues to grapple with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported 381 cases of COVID-19 across 30 counties, with 61 cases reported in Dane County. Four deaths have been reported in Fond du Lac, Ozaukee and Milwaukee counties.

“Unfortunately, this number is expected to rise and things will get worse before they get better,” Gov. Tony Evers said Friday.

Evers said he has directed state emergency management officials to ask the Federal Emergency Management Agency for help in obtaining gear for first responders, including 50,000 masks; 10,000 face shields, 11,000 coveralls, 35,000 pairs of gloves and 3,000 N95 masks, which are designed to ensure a very close facial fit.

The state is also trying to obtain more equipment from the Strategic National Stockpile. So far the state has received about 52,000 N95 masks, 130,000 surgical masks, 25,000 face shields, 20,000 surgical gowns, 100 coveralls and 36,000 pairs of gloves from the stockpile. Those supplies are being distributed to health care providers in areas with community spread.

In a video posted online Saturday, Evers urged people to stay home as much as possible to help protect health care workers from the respiratory disease.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. Most people recover.

Photos: A look at how the novel coronavirus is affecting Wisconsin

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