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First case of suspected coronavirus reported in Maryland, individual in good condition

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Posted at 6:36 PM, Jan 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-27 18:39:36-05

MARYLAND — The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) reported that a Maryland resident met the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) criteria for testing for coronavirus.

MDH says the individual is in good condition and is being monitored while awaiting test results, to be reported by the CDC laboratory.

“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.”

At this time Maryland continues to have no confirmed cases of coronavirus.

Information and updates, including up-to-date testing and laboratory-confirmed case numbers are available at health.maryland.gov/coronavirus.