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Testing for possible novel Coronavirus in Oklahoma started after two Oklahomans show symptoms of a new coronavirus that was first identified in China and has resulted in more than 1,000 cases there.

All of the approved cases are people who traveled to Wuhan, China. OSDH told the two Oklahoma residents to meet the criteria for people under investigation, but they have not been diagnosed with the disease.

Also, the Department of Health declared:

“Even if a case of a novel coronavirus in an Oklahoma resident, it is important to note the risk to the general public is low. Public health officials identify possible contacts to a person under investigation and notify them to assess their exposure risk.”

It added: “At this time, all confirmed US cases have a history of travel to Wuhan, China, which is the epicenter of the outbreak. Although five cases have been identified to date, of 110 persons under investigation identified in 26 states, laboratory testing was negative for 32 individuals. Testing is pending for the remaining 73.”

In the fight to stop the spread of the Coronavirus, a federal travel advisory for China is now at level three — meaning travelers should not go there unless they must.

Chinese Coronavirus cases number is growing

Chinese health officials are reporting thousands of Coronavirus cases. They launched quarantines and are restricting travel within the country.

Coronavirus case in US is grown to five (Washington, two in California, Illinois, and Arizona), and testing for possible Coronavirus in Oklahoma started for two Oklahomans.

Laurence Burnsed, MPH, State Epidemiologist for the Oklahoma State Department of Health, announces, “The risk to the general public is low. We’re talking about five cases identified today throughout the United States, none of them in Oklahoma, at this time. Even amongst those five cases, there has been no occurrence of sustained person-to-person transmission amongst other individuals in those communities.”

The criteria to be tested for the novel Coronavirus and showing symptoms are coughing, fever, and shortness of breath.

Additionally, the Maryland Department of Health reported Monday that a Maryland resident met the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s criteria for testing for 2019 novel coronavirus.

MDH stated the individual is in good condition and is being monitored while awaiting test results, to be reported by the CDC laboratory. Above all, Maryland added to have no confirmed cases of 2019 Coronavirus.

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Officials with the Oklahoma State Department of Health announced they are working with health care providers and federal partners to test two people that meet the criteria for testing possible novel Coronavirus in Oklahoma

“It is important to note that a person under investigation is not a case of the novel coronavirus.  The Oklahoma State Department of Health does not disclose demographic or other information during investigations while laboratory testing is pending.”

Even if a case of novel coronavirus is positive in an Oklahoma resident, officials maintain the risk to the general public is low. Public health officials state they are working to identify possible contacts to someone under investigation and notify them to assess their exposure risk.

110 people in 23 states have been under investigation, but laboratory testing was negative for 32 of those people and testing is pending for the remaining 73.

What should be done to escape of Coronavirus

World Health Organization advised some tips that you should keep in your mind to staying safe from novel Coronavirus:

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  • Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness, such as coughing and sneezing. Other symptoms of this coronavirus include fever and shortness of breath. Severe cases can lead to pneumonia, kidney failure, and even death.
  • Scientists believe this coronavirus started in another animal and then spread to humans. So health officials recommend cooking meat and eggs thoroughly. Anyone with underlying medical conditions should avoid live animal markets and raw meats altogether because those people are “considered at higher risk of severe disease,” the World Health Organization maintains.
  • Generally, the public should do “what you do every cold and flu season,” said Dr. John Wiesman, the health secretary in Washington state. That includes washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If you’re feeling sick, cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and disinfect the objects and surfaces you touch.
  • If you or your doctor suspect you may have the Wuhan coronavirus, the CDC advises wearing a surgical mask.
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