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Third Person Under Investigation In Oklahoma For Possible Coronavirus

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Posted at 5:34 PM, Feb 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-12 11:07:57-05

A third person is being investigated for the coronavirus in the state of Oklahoma after returning from a trip to China, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

OSDH Officials say their test results are pending from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In January, two other people were under investigation for the coronavirus. They both were tested and the results came back negative.

Related Story: OSDH: Two Persons in Okla. Tested Negative For Novel Coronavirus

The OSDH is notified of travelers who have been screened by the CDC as they return from China to one of 11 airports in the U.S., officials said. Those who arrive without signs or symptoms of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus are allowed to return to the state and are then monitored and restricted from public settings including work, school and health care settings.

“We are working closely with our local, state and federal partners to closely monitor travelers returning to the state from China,” said Anthony Lee, director of the OSDH Acute Disease Service. “We want to assure the public that the risk of spreading the virus in public places is still very low.”

Currently, officials say there are no confirmed cases of the virus in Oklahoma, and there are no cases in the U.S. which have been spread in public places.

All 13 cases in the U.S. have been directly associated with travel to China or being in close contact with someone who was a laboratory confirmed case, officials said.

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