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Coronavirus tests in Minnesota come back negative

Good news for two patients who had been kept in isolation.

Test results for two patients in Minnesota suspected of having the coronavirus came back negative, according to an update from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). 

Lab tests from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were finalized over the weekend and both patients tested negative for the coronavirus, which has become a concern due its possible continued spread around the world. 

Believed to have started in Wuhan, China, there have been five confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States. In Minnesota, health officials statewide are watching for signs and symptoms of the illness, but so far only two reported cases raised concern. 

Nationally, there are 110 cases under investigation in 26 states. 

Both Minnesota patients had recently traveled to Wuhan. Neither required hospitalization but both were kept in isolation as a precaution. 

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The MDH is urging anyone who recently traveled to Wuhan who is now experiencing a fever, cough or other acute illness to contact a doctor as soon as possible and be clear about recent travels. 

While Minnesota is currently considered a low-risk area to see spread of the virus, Minnesotans can use standard precautions to remain prepared: 

  • Covering your cough.
  • Staying home if you are sick.
  • Washing your hands.

Symptoms of coronavirus mimic a common cold or flu. 

On Sunday, the CDC called the coronavirus a "very serious public health situation." 

"We understand that some people are worried about this virus and how it may impact Americans. Outbreaks of new diseases are always of concern – and in today’s connected world, an outbreak anywhere can be a risk everywhere," the CDC said, adding: "While this is a serious public health threat, CDC continues to believe the immediate risk to the U.S. general public is low at this time."

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