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ASU coronavirus patient is out of isolation

Posted at 6:44 PM, Feb 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-26 15:18:01-05

TEMPE, AZ — Maricopa County Public Health released a statement on Twitter Friday afternoon stating that the ASU coronavirus patient has been cleared and has since been released from a month-long stint in isolation.

"The individual, a male with ties to Arizona State University, has received multiple negative tests from CDC and meets the criteria to be released from isolation," MCPH wrote in a statement.

The patient, whose identity has not been released by officials, was first isolated on January 26 after exhibiting symptoms, becoming the first confirmed case in Arizona.

He had just returned from visiting Wuhan, China, where the deadly virus originated. Wuhan is now on lock down.

"We would like to thank this individual for his patience and commitment to public health during his prolonged isolation with very mild illness," the press statement continued. "We encourage his friends, family and the community to support him as he transitions back to his everyday activities."

MCPH says there is no risk to the community.