Test results come back negative for possible coronavirus case in North Carolina


(WAVY/WSPA) – The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) have the results of a possible case of infection of the coronavirus. The patient is not infected with the virus.

According to the news release, the individual recently traveled to China and passed through Wuhan City, where the outbreak started.

The person reportedly arrived at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Thursday and had mild respiratory symptoms.

According to the release from the NCDHHS, the individual, who was being treated at Duke University Hospital, received the negative results Saturday.

“We are pleased that test results were negative and that the patient remains in good health,” said Dr. Zack Moore, State Epidemiologist. “We are working with CDC and local partners to be sure we are prepared to detect and respond to any possible cases that might occur in North Carolina in the future.”

According to health officials, the person did not have close contact with anyone after disembarking at the airport in North Carolina and they wore a mask while at the airport.

“The person was transported directly to the hospital from RDU for assessment and care using appropriate infection prevention measures,” according to the release.

Any travelers to Wuhan who develop a fever or respiratory symptoms, which include a cough or difficulty breathing, within 14 days of leaving the city should call their doctor immediately and should call ahead before going to a clinic, emergency room or urgent care.

According to the release, testing for the 2019 coronavirus is only available at the CDC.

For more information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html.

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