Results from First Patient Under Investigation for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Come Back Negative

Results from two patients are still pending with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The timing of the test results depends on the CDC’s capacity for testing in Atlanta

February 4, 2020 — The Health Department today announced that the test results for the first patient under investigation for the 2019 novel coronavirus came back negative, meaning the person, who is currently hospitalized at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, does not have the novel coronavirus. Two test results from patients under investigation are still pending.

“The first person who met the criteria to have samples sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was found not to have the 2019 novel coronavirus,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot. “The response and care the patient received reflects how well the systems we have in place are working. We want to thank everyone for all they did, and we will keep New Yorkers informed as the situation develops.”

“We’re relieved to hear that the person in question does not have the novel coronavirus,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “I can’t say this enough: if you have the symptoms and recent travel history, please see your health provider immediately.”

For those who feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, and traveled to Hubei province China — or been in contact with a confirmed case of the novel coronavirus — within 14 days of symptom onset, the CDC recommends:

  • Seek medical care right away. Before going to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about recent travel and symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Do not travel while sick.
  • Cover mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.



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