Two in New Hampshire are being tested for coronavirus

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Health officials in New Hampshire have released a statement today confirming that two individuals in the state are being tested for possible exposure to the coronavirus.

According to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, the two had recently traveled to Wuhan City, China and “developed respiratory symptoms and are currently undergoing testing for novel coronavirus.”

While the statement describes their symptoms as “mild”, the pair are being held in isolation until tests from the Center for Disease Control are returned.

“The risk to our communities in New Hampshire is low, but we want to identify people who may be infected with this new coronavirus in order to prevent spread,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan. “This is a rapidly changing situation, and we remain committed to providing timely updates to residents of New Hampshire and our health care providers.”

In the meantime, the CDC has urged individuals to take the same precautions as they would during flu season, including “frequent handwashing, avoiding sick people, staying home if you are sick, covering your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing, and cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.”

Anyone who has traveled to China recently and is feeling sick should contact their health care provider.

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