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Rowan County Health Department monitoring travelers who visited China

SALISBURY — The Rowan County Health Department has been monitoring several symptom-free travelers who recently returned home from China for coronavirus.

To date, North Carolina does not have any confirmed cases of coronavirus, said Public Information Officer and Nursing Director Meredith Littell. The health department said it plans to monitor the travelers for 14 days, with no further action required if they are still symptom-free afterward.

“We continue to work closely with local, state, and federal partners to manage the latest information related to the virus. Right now, our best action is to stay informed and remember the basic steps of prevention: hand washing and staying home, if sick,” Littell said.

The 2019 novel coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, is an upper respiratory virus first identified in the city of Wuhan, China, in late 2019. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and as of Feb. 7, 2020, there are 12 confirmed cases in 6 states Arizona, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Washington and Wisconsin. There have been no confirmed cases in North Carolina.

The risk of coronavirus in North Carolina continues to be low, Littell said.

The North Carolina Division of Public Health and the federal government is recommending self-monitoring with public health supervision for all travelers returning from mainland China, excluding Wuhan.

Those who recently traveled to Wuhan, China and are now ill or have had contact with a confirmed case of 2019-nCoV and are ill, should seek medical attention with their primary care provider. For more information, visit cdc.gov, publichealth.nc.gov, or rowancountync.gov/256/Health-Department.

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