Third Colorado patient cleared for novel coronavirus

A third Colorado patient tested for the novel coronavirus has been cleared by the Centers for Disease Control.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment received confirmation from the CDC on Tuesday, Jan. 28, that the third test on Colorado patients for the virus was negative. In all, the CDC has investigated three Colorado cases so far, all with travel history to China.

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All three patients have tested negative.

State health officials emphasize that the risk to the general public is low for novel coronavirus in Colorado.

Officials say that it’s normal in situations where a virus that has been linked to several deaths in China to have cases under investigation because health care providers are being cautious looking for symptoms.

Symptoms of coronavirus infection may include fever, cough and/or shortness of breath and usually appear within two to 14 days. Health officials say anyone experiencing these symptoms, who also have a recent history of travel to China, especially Wuhan City, should first call a healthcare provider, urgent care, or hospital for instructions before going to a clinic or emergency room.

For more information on the virus, including symptoms and prevention, visit the department’s 2019-nCoV web page, which also includes outbreak data from the CDC. People can also call CO-Help at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911, or by email at COHELP@RMPDC.org.