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Local Coronavirus Confusion Cleared Up By Johns Hopkins

Posted at 7:25 PM, Feb 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-25 21:38:42-05

COFFEYVILLE, KS — A scare in Coffeyville and Dearing communities in Kansas has been calmed and cleared up by Johns Hopkins University after their coronavirus tracking map indicated active cases in that area.

2 Works for You went to work after a viewer reached out to the station about the map pictured below on Tuesday morning.

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2 Works for You staff called the Center for Disease Contol, the Kansas State Heath Department, the Coffeyville Health Department, the City of Coffeyville Mayor, City Manager, City Clerk, the City of Dearing City Council Office, Dearing City Church, and the Dearing Fire Department.

After all of our calls, Johns Hopkins released a statement which said the spot on their coronavirus tracking map was only meant to be a representation of the 36 coronavirus cases they are monitoring in the U.S. Those 36 were on board the Diamond Princess Cruise but currently, their locations are unknown. Staff say they picked this arbitrary point because it was the center of the United States.

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Johns Hopkins staff have since removed the dot to avoid any further confusion.

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To be clear, the Kansas Department of Health and Education posted on their Facebook that there is no coronavirus in Kansas. The map is updated with the only known places patients are infected with the virus and once the CDC has confirmed exactly where those places are, they will place accurate dots on virus tracking maps.

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