RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ7)-- UPDATE: Test results have come up negative for two people being tested in Virginia for Novel Coronavirus.
The Virginia Department of Health received test results for the two patients in central Virginia. The results from testing performed at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were negative, indicating that the two people do not have the Novel Coronavirus infection.
Test results for a patient in the northern region of Virginia are expected to be received later this week.
So far, Virginia continues to have no confirmed cases of Novel Coronavirus.
VDH reports it will continue to work with the CDC and local partners to detect and respond to any possible cases that might occur in Virginia. For more information, click here.
ORIGINAL STORY: According to the Virginia Department of Health, three people in the state currently meet the clinical and epidemiologic criteria for the spreading strand of 2019-nCoV (coronavirus).
The number is broken down into two from the central area of the state and one from Northern Virginia. Beginning Jan. 27, updates regarding these patients and any new developments of any other cases will be posted to the VDH novel coronavirus webpage. The site provides pertinent information about the outbreak and resources for healthcare providers.
Public health officials are also closely monitoring anyone who has been in direct contact with these patients to prevent the spread of illness.
The 2019-nCoV strand coronavirus is a respiratory illness that ranges in symptoms from mild ones such as fever, cough and trouble breathing to severe illness, including a few deaths. Scientists and public health officials are working to learn how easily it spreads. Similar viruses that cause Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) are mainly contracted through close contact or respiratory droplets from an infected person's cough or sneeze.
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