Coronavirus test results come back negative at St. Anthony Hospital

A patient who visited Wuhan, China came to the hospital with a respiratory illness

Joseph Rios
jrios@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 1/27/20

Lakewood's St. Anthony Hospital confirmed results of a coronavirus test from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention came back negative after a patient came to the hospital on Jan. 24. The …

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Coronavirus test results come back negative at St. Anthony Hospital

A patient who visited Wuhan, China came to the hospital with a respiratory illness

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Lakewood's St. Anthony Hospital confirmed results of a coronavirus test from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention came back negative after a patient came to the hospital on Jan. 24.

The patient visited the hospital with a respiratory illness, according to a release from the hospital. That person had previously traveled to Wuhan, China — an area where the coronavirus has killed 80 people, according to CNN. Nearly 2,800 cases of the virus have been confirmed in China, and 13 other parts of the world have also confirmed cases of it, including the United States, France, Australia and Canada, CNN reported. At this time, there haven't been any confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Colorado, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Education.

When the patient arrived to the hospital, they were placed in an isolated unit, a common practice for patients of the hospital who present respiratory symptoms, according to Gianna Lisac, a spokesperson for St. Anthony Hospital.

The virus likely stems from an animal, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Patients who have had the virus reported having a fever, troubles breathing and a cough, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention says.

St. Anthony Hospital is encouraging people to wash their hands, keep a distance from others who are sick, to stay at home when you are sick and to practice good health habits.

"At this time of year, there are many causes of respiratory illness in Colorado and around the globe. It's understandable that people may be worried about the appearance of a new virus, but the health risk to the general public in Colorado remains low," said Dr. Rachel Herlihy, state communicable disease epidemiologist of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, in a statement.

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