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Patient in Lawrence tests negative for coronavirus

Posted at 5:09 PM, Feb 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-01 18:09:39-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A person who was being held in quarantine at Lawrence Memorial Hospital has tested negative for the coronavirus.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment confirmed the test results on Saturday.

Coronavirus is a respiratory illness that originated in Wuhan City, China, and has caused the World Health Organization to declare a global health emergency.

Lee Norman, KDHE secretary, said that the male patient had been released from the hospital and “was in a monitored, isolated living space” following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) procedure, according to a news release.

“He will now be able to resume his normal routine," Norman said, "and there is no risk to the public."

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department played a “key role” in assisting the state, the release stated.

The patient, who had recently traveled to Wuhan, arrived Monday at LMH Health with symptoms of a respiratory illness.

KDHE stated that no cases have been reported in Kansas, but anyone who has recently traveled to Hubei Province, China, and “developed fever with respiratory symptoms within 14 days of your travel, or have had contact with someone who is suspected to have 2019 novel coronavirus, stay home and call your healthcare provider.”

Officials in Missouri also are monitoring the situation.

More information about the coronavirus can be found on the CDC website.