Person tests negative for Coronavirus in Arkansas, Dept. of Health confirms

ARKANSAS — The Arkansas Department of Health received results for the one person under investigation for Coronavirus. Results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed the patient does not have novel coronavirus.

Last week AHD said one person was being tested for the virus. No other details about their specific location were released.

According to a spokesperson from the department, ADH continues to work closely with the CDC and other agencies across the country to monitor the novel coronavirus and update the public as they learn more.

The virus began in Wuhan, China, a city of 11 million people.

Earlier in January, a Tennessee Tech student was tested for the virus, Their results were also negative.

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FOX13 previously spoke to a local doctor about the new outbreak and how the medical community is keeping its eyes on it to prevent it from spreading.

“Anytime there’s a new virus that we’re learning about and we really don’t know how dangerous it will become, we have to be vigilant, we have to pay attention and we have to be concerned about it," said Dale Criner, MD, who works as the St. Francis Bartlett Emergency Department Medical Director.

Criner explained that he thinks the chances of a case developing in the Mid-South isn’t very high.

“The likelihood that we’re going to have a case in the Mid-South is extremely low, however, it’s not nonexistent so we have to pay attention to the symptoms. Specially we have to know the travel habits of our patients,” Criner said.

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