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Tests come back negative for 2019 Novel Coronavirus in Texas student

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Posted at 3:49 PM, Jan 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-28 10:45:20-05

UPDATE: Brazos County Health District has confirmed negative results in the suspected case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

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Officials in Texas say that a Texas A&M student may have a possible case of 2019 Novel coronavirus.

Brazos County Health District says they are investigating a suspected case of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The district says that the patient traveled from Wuhan, China, where the coronavirus originated.

"Health care providers were aware of public health guidance on novel coronavirus and quickly recognized that the patient met the criteria for coronavirus testing and is being kept isolated at home, while the precautionary testing is done. If there is a confirmed case, we will promptly announce it," a release from the Brazos County Health District states.

Results in this case are expected Monday.

Texas A&M University says it was notified by the Brazos County Health District that one of their students may have a possible case of novel coronavirus. The university says that they are working with student health services but believe the immediate health risk is low.

"Texas A&M continues to work with its Student Health Services and the Brazos County Health District. Officials have described the immediate health risk to the campus community as low," the university said in a statement.

One other person, a man in Washington State has been diagnosed with the virus after a recent trip to Wuhan, China.

For those living in the area, the general public is encouraged to practice these preventive actions:
• Everyone 6 months and older is encouraged to get a flu shot.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
For more information visit the CDC website:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html