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Four New Yorkers under investigation by New York State Department of Health for novel coronavirus

Posted: 3:24 PM, Jan 24, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-24 15:24:25-05
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NEW YORK (WKBW) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Friday a series of actions to raise awareness and prepare New York State in response to an outbreak of a novel coronavirus after the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed two cases in the United States.

The New York State Department of Health announced it has four persons under investigation for novel coronavirus that are under isolation as the CDC tests their cases.

One of the four cases has been proven negative according to a release from the governor's office.

"As we learn about the first confirmed cases of this novel coronavirus in the United States and potentially in New York, I want to assure New Yorkers that we are prepared," said Cuomo. "We are undertaking a wide-reaching and rigorous effort with all stakeholders, including healthcare providers, airports and federal health officials, to put in place the appropriate precautions to keep New Yorkers safe. The symptoms of this virus are very similar to a common cold - if you are concerned that you might be ill, please follow our guidance to protect yourself and others."

Symptoms of the novel coronavirus may include:

• Runny nose
• Headache
• Cough
• Sore throat
• Fever
• A general feeling of being unwell

The CDC recommends individuals avoid all nonessential travel to Wuhan, China and follow the steps below to help prevent the spread of the virus and other respiratory viruses:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces