The Arkansas Department of Health has issued an update and guidance for providers on the outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. Below is their statement:
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to closely monitor an outbreak of a
2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China that began in December
2019. This is a new virus, and information is evolving on a daily basis. An outbreak of pneumonia of
unknown cause in Wuhan City was initially reported to WHO on December 31, 2019.
Person-to-person spread has been confirmed, and cases have occurred in all provinces within China. Currently, there are over 9,700 confirmed cases and 213 deaths. The number of cases is changing rapidly. There have now been 118 confirmed cases outside of China in 20 countries, including 6 cases in USA (WA, CA, AZ, IL). Five of the US cases were in travelers who had been in Wuhan City in the previous 14 days, and one was the spouse of one of those confirmed cases who had not traveled to China but had close, personal contact.
There was one person under investigation from Arkansas, but the CDC test results showed the patient did NOT have novel coronavirus. ADH continues to work closely with the CDC and other agencies across the country to monitor the novel coronavirus and update the public as we learn more.