Wisconsin declares public health emergency as 2 new cases are confirmed in Dane County, Wis.

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers

Wisconsin leaders are declaring a public health emergency in response to rising cases of the coronavirus in the Midwest and areas across the United States.

Governor Tony Evers says the declaration will allow health officials to "use all the resources necessary to respond to and contain the outbreak."

This week, Wisconsin has had seven new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The two newest cases were confirmed in Dane County, Wis. Thursday. Both of the new cases had contact with the confirmed case from Dane County earlier in the week. Both patients are isolated at home. 

The state also will have 37 residents returning from the Grand Princess cruise ship that was the site of a coronavirus outbreak. It's not clear if any of those cruise passengers have contracted the virus. However, the governor says they will need to be monitored in quarantine for the time being.

“We have been working aggressively to slow the spread of COVID-19, and this declaration allows us to get the resources we need to continue to be proactive when it comes to protecting Wisconsinites,” said Gov. Evers.

The newest coronavirus cases have been found in Piece, Dane, Fond du Lac, and Waukesha counties. The first case was also a resident in Dane County in late February.

In Minnesota, nine cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Olmsted, Ramsey and Stearns counties.