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Coronavirus General Risk Remains Low

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Contact: Frank Faust

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that five travel-related U.S. patients tested positive for the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) with 110 patients across 26 states under investigation. In China, officials estimate there are more than 2,800 confirmed cases and at least 81 associated deaths. The five U.S. patients – located in Washington, Illinois, California and Arizona – recently traveled from the Hubei province in China, and CDC said more cases are expected while the risk of transmission to the general public remains low.

U.S. airports continue to screen and educate travelers. The CDC is developing a test kit for state and international labs that should be ready in the next two weeks. For more information, visit the American Hospital Association’s coronavirus update page and CDC’s novel coronavirus website. UF Health Central Florida facilities are well prepared for potential patients.