Marylander being tested for coronavirus

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A Maryland resident is currently being tested for coronavirus.

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) is reporting that a Maryland resident met the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) criteria for testing of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

The person is currently in good condition and is being monitored while awaiting test results, to be reported by the CDC laboratory, according to MDH.

The Dept. of Health has not revealed what part of Maryland the person is from or how they may have potentially contracted the virus.

“The Maryland Department of Health is closely monitoring the rapidly changing situation with 2019 N-CoV, both in the U.S. and in China,” said MDH Deputy Secretary of Public Health Fran Phillips. “As we learn more, Marylanders are encouraged to practice everyday actions to promote good health and to protect yourself and your loved ones from respiratory viruses like the coronavirus — wash your hands thoroughly, cover your cough and avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay home from work or school if you’re not feeling well.”

The coronavirus has claimed over a hundred deaths in China and sickened several people in the U.S.

At this time Maryland continues to have no confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV.

Information and updates about 2019-nCoV in Maryland, including up-to-date testing and laboratory-confirmed case numbers, are available at: health.maryland.gov/coronavirus.