Two central Virginia patients test negative for coronavirus

Virginia Department of Health investigating 3 possible cases of coronavirus

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Two out of three patients under investigation for coronavirus in Virginia have tested negative.

On Sunday, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) reported that they were investigating three potential cases of the virus, two in central Virginia, and one in the Northern regions of Virginia. On Monday, the two cases in central Virginia tested negative.

The third case is still being investigated. Specific details about the patient will not be provided and public health is working closely with him or her and anyone else who was in close contact so they can prevent the spread of illness.

The VDH is also recommending travelers to China to protect themselves by avoiding contact with anyone who may be sick, animals (alive or dead), animal markets and products that come from animals (uncooked meat.)

Additionally, VDH officials are encouraging health care providers to ask patients about recent international travel and consider 2019-nCoV infection in patients who have traveled to Wuhan, China within 14 days of the onset of symptoms, including fever and respiratory symptoms.

The Virginia Department of Health is reminding Virginia residents that there are steps you can take to prevent respiratory illness, like influenza (flu) and respiratory disease season underway in Virginia.

This includes getting a flu vaccine, washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, staying home when sick, and taking flu antivirals as prescribed.

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