Coronavirus outbreak: 3 University of Washington students screened for virus

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KING COUNTY, Wash. — Three students from the University of Washington, Seattle, campus are being screened for the new coronavirus, according to a release Sunday from the university’s Environmental Health and Safety Department.

University officials said the school was notified by Public Health – Seattle & King County.

The students recently traveled to Wuhan, China, where the new virus first appeared, and developed symptoms after returning, according to the release.

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The students were tested, and two who live on campus are waiting for test results to be returned, officials said. The third student, who lives off-campus, tested negative for the infection.

The two students are being monitored by health officials and were moved to isolated housing until they are cleared by PHSKC.

Officials said testing is a precautionary measure that’s being taken but anticipate more people that are tested will not have the infection.

None of the students were hospitalized and all are doing well, health officials said.

Only one case of the coronavirus has been confirmed in Washington state and five cases total in the United States.

This undated handout photo from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a microscopic view of the Coronavirus at the CDC in Atlanta, Georgia.
This undated handout photo from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a microscopic view of the Coronavirus at the CDC in Atlanta, Georgia. (CDC/Getty Images)