Possible coronavirus case tests negative

Jan 24, 2020

UPDATE -- The state Department of Health and Human Services reported Saturday night that a possible coronavirus case hospitalized at Duke University Hospital tested negative. The Department received the results from tests conducted by the Centers for Disease Control. A press release from the Department quotes State epidimiologist Dr. Zach Moore as stating the "patient remains in good health." While not stating what the infection was, the press release mentioned that respiratory infections this time of year are most likely related to influenza or viruses that cause the common cold.

--ORIGINAL STORY--

The state Department of Health and Human Services is investigating a possible case of a newly discovered coronavirus. A press release from the agency said the individual had passed through Wuhan City in China where the outbreak originated. The person arrived at Raleigh-Durham International Airport Thursday. The individual as of Friday was currently presenting mild respiratory symptoms and in good condition in isolation at Duke University Hospital. The diagnosis has NOT been confirmed. DHHS is arranging testing by the Centers for Disease Control. The press release stated the person wore a mask and did not have close contact with anyone while at the airport. The individual was transported directly from the airport to hospital