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Health officials say several samples for coronavirus in Arizona have been sent to CDC

Posted at 3:37 PM, Jan 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-26 15:39:27-05

TEMPE — ABC15 has learned that several more samples testing for the coronavirus in the state of Arizona have been sent to the Center for Disease Control.

A spokesperson for the Arizona Department of Health Services would not say exactly how many samples were sent as that number will change based on the status of the public health investigation.

The standard public health protocol for any suspected case is to self isolate if they are not in a healthcare facility.

According to the CDC website, they have 92 pending cases of coronavirus across the United States; however, it is unclear how many, if any of those tests would be from Arizona.

This information comes just days after the CDC confirmed Arizona's first case of the coronavirus within the ASU community.

Here's what we do know about the person in the ASU community:

  • Under the age of 60
  • They live in Tempe
  • They live outside university housing
  • They have mild symptoms
  • They are at home, self-isolating themselves
  • They traveled from Wuhan, China but did not have symptoms while traveling

ASU tells ABC15 that health officials say that the risk to the general public is low.

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The university has not disclosed information like if the person was exposed to the classroom, where they have been on campus, or how long.

"We are following the direction of county and state health officials. As part of the public health investigation, individuals who may have been exposed to the patient will be notified by public health and provided with proper follow-up," said a spokesperson via email, "their protocol is that they do not release personal identifying information of infected or exposed individuals."

ABC15 requested an interview with Dr. Michael Crow, president of the university, but we were told he was traveling.

When we asked for an interview with anyone else within the organization, we were told that they will speak when there are new developments.

"ASU has been proactively communicating what we know, when we know it, including how to mitigate risk with our students, faculty, staff, and families through multiple channels," a spokesperson wrote in an email.