Both UD students tests negative for coronavirus, no confirmed cases in Delaware


Meredith Newman - The News Journal

The second University of Delaware student who was being screened for a possible case of the coronavirus has also tested negative for the illness, university officials said Saturday.

Earlier this week, officials announced that two students were being tested for the coronavirus. Officials said on Thursday that the first student had tested negative for the virus and had been discharged from the hospital. It's unclear if the second student has been released from the hospital.

University officials declined to provide information about the students and if they recently traveled to China, the epicenter of the coronavirus.

While there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Delaware, at least three people have been screened for the illness. In late January, state health officials said they were investigating a potential case in a Delaware resident, but the results were also negative.

The Division of Public Health is monitoring 13 people who arrived in the United States from mainland China after Feb. 3. Although these travelers have not shown any symptoms related to the coronavirus, officials said the CDC is recommending travelers be monitored for 14 days after their return from China.

Delawareans have a higher risk of contracting the flu than coronavirus, health officials said.

For those who have traveled to China before Feb. 3, the state is asking people to self-monitor their symptoms for 14 days after their return. If they become sick within this time, they should avoid contact with others and call their health care provider.

People who returned from China before Feb. 3 do not need to be isolated from school or work, health officials said.

Coronaviruses are among a group of viruses that can cause sickness ranging from the common cold to pneumonia, and even Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS.

The virus can be spread by coughing, sneezing and close contact with an infected person. It can also be spread from an animal to a person. There is no vaccine.

Contact Meredith Newman at 302-324-2386 or and on Twitter @MereNewman.

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