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2 in Kansas test negative for coronavirus; no cases in state

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Posted at 12:07 PM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 13:07:23-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two people who were under investigation for coronavirus in Kansas have tested negative for the disease, according to state officials.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Monday that there are currently no cases of COVID-19, better known as coronavirus, in the state.

The Health Department confirmed Feb. 1 that a person who was being held in quarantine at a Lawrence hospital had tested negative for coronavirus.

That patient had recently traveled to Wuhan, China, where the coronavirus disease 2019 was first identified.

Last week, Missouri officials said that 60 individuals in the state had been evaluated for coronavirus due to their travel or exposure history, but only a small number were considered as "persons under investigation" and none had tested positive for COVID-19.

In the United States, there were 62 confirmed cases of conronavirus as of noon on Monday, according to the World Health Organization.

Two people have died from coronavirus in Washington state. Researchers said the coronavirus may have gone undetected for weeks in the greater Seattle area.