Tennessee Tech student being tested for possible Coronavirus infection, officials say

TENNESSEE — A student at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville is being tested for Coronavirus, according to officials.

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In a statement to FOX13, a spokesperson for Tennessee Tech said:

On Thursday, a student at Tennessee Tech University presented with very mild symptoms, and with his recent travel history met the criteria for testing for possible infection with the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Health providers quickly recognized that the patient met the criteria for coronavirus testing, but nothing has been confirmed. The individual is being kept isolated while precautionary testing is being conducted. Tennessee Tech and healthcare professionals continue to communicate and collaborate with the Tennessee Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.

The Tennessee Department of Health advises that while we await test results, there are no specific actions other individuals need to take. As soon as more information about the situation becomes available it will be made aware to be made to the public.

—  Tennessee Tech Spokesperson

The CDC has updated information and guidance available online at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

The Tennessee Department of Health also released a statement that said:

The Tennessee Department of Health has been notified of an individual who meets the criteria for testing for possible infection with the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

Prompt action and communication from front-line medical professionals to public health authorities resulted in rapid isolation of the individual per guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. TDH is working in close collaboration with local health organizations and the CDC to complete testing on this case as quickly as possible.

—  Tennessee Department of Health Spokesperson

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