First person in San Juan County being tested for coronavirus

First person in San Juan County being tested for coronavirus
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SAN JUAN COUNTY, Wash. — A San Juan County person is being tested after showing symptoms consistent with the 2019 novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

Officials said it’s the first person in the county to be tested, and had either recently traveled to an affected area or had contact with a confirmed coronavirus case.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is testing the patient and will determine whether it is a confirmed case.

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San Juan County Health and Community Services is working to assess the potential risk to the public.

According to the Washington State Department of Health, 25 people have been tested for the virus in the state. Of the 25, 23 tested negative. On Jan. 21, the CDC announced the first confirmed case of coronavirus in the U.S. was in Snohomish County.

The Department of Health set up a call center for anyone who has questions or wants information about the outbreak: 1-800-525-0127 and press #.