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KCMO Health Department monitoring fewer than 10 people for coronavirus

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Posted at 5:23 PM, Feb 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-19 18:28:49-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City, Missouri, Health Department is monitoring fewer than 10 people for possible coronavirus.

The individuals, according to the Health Department, are a “medium risk” of contracting the virus that originated in China. They all meet at least one criteria of the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Rex Archer, director of the Health Department, said to be “careful and prudent,” anyone who has been exposed is monitored.

"We get their names through the CDC, through the health department when they are coming back to Kansas City,” Archer said, “and then we basically we will check with them twice a day to make sure that they're not getting temperatures or other symptoms of the disease.”

“They are then on home-quarantine basically until that 14 day period from whenever they were exposed. So, it depends on when we hear and they are here, depends on whether we're following them for the full 14 days or less."

The department said that the people are “self-monitoring” and are advised to remain at home.