Kansas patient suspected of the Wuhan coronavirus tests negative

Henrietta Strickland
February 5, 2020

A Douglas County patient has tested negative for the coronavirus, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

It said it received negative results this weekend after testing was conducted at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As the Wolf Administration and the Department of Health continue to monitor the outbreak occurring in China and cases in the USA, the administration emphasized that Asian American/Pacific Islander individuals are at no higher risk of carrying coronavirus than any other individual.

The novel coronavirus was first detected in December in China. Given the patient's recent trip to Wuhan and out of caution, the hospital alerted government health officials, hospital spokeswoman Amy Northrop said on Tuesday. "He had been released from LMH Health and was in a monitored, isolated living space following CDC guidelines". "He will now be able to resume his normal routine, and there is no risk to the public".

While China has accused the US of causing panic in its response to the deadly coronavirus outbreak, the Pennsylvania Department of Health is doing what it can to keep residents calm.

On Saturday, health officials in MA said the virus has been identified in their state, marking the eighth case in the country. The epicentre of the outbreak remains in a state of lockdown as the virus is spreading fast, with over 20,000 infection cases and more than 425 deaths recorded in China itself.

Symptoms of the coronavirus can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. It's important to take precautions to be protected from these infections, including washing your hands, avoiding touching your face and getting an annual flu shot.

Officials asks anyone who has recently traveled to the Hubei Province in China and develops a fever with respiratory symptoms within 14 days of your travel, or has had contact with someone who is suspected to have 2019 novel coronavirus, to stay home and call their healthcare provider. Originally from Willard, Mo., she spent almost three years reporting in Arkansas and IL before returning to Missouri and joining The Star in 2017.

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