A suspected case of the new coronavirus is under investigation in Arkansas, according to the state Department of Health.
“We have one patient under investigation and no confirmed cases,” said Department of Health spokesperson Danyelle McNeill. Tests are being conducted to determine whether or not the patient has the coronavirus. ***UPDATE: Test results are expected back on Friday.***
No details about the patient or the patient’s location can be released at this time, McNeill said.
State health officials have been working on the case in consultation with the federal U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which determined that the state should proceed with testing.
The CDC has been closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel form of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Five cases of the new coronavirus have been confirmed in the United States (two in California, one in Arizona, one in Illinois, and one in Washington). According to the CDC, another 92 cases are currently under investigation; 68 people tested have come back negative.
There have been more than a thousand confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan City.