DOH: 1 patient tests negative for novel coronavirus in NYC

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The city's Health Department says the test results for the first patient under investigation for the 2019 novel coronavirus came back negative on Tuesday.

The patient, who is currently hospitalized at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, does not have the novel coronavirus, according to the DOH.

The DOH says two test results from patients under investigation are still pending.

"We're relieved to hear that the person in question does not have the novel coronavirus," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. "I can't say this enough: if you have the symptoms and recent travel history, please see your health provider immediately."

"The first person who met the criteria to have samples sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was found not to have the 2019 novel coronavirus," said Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot. "The response and care the patient received reflects how well the systems we have in place are working. We want to thank everyone for all they did, and we will keep New Yorkers informed as the situation develops."

The CDC says that those who feel sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing, and are experiencing symptoms should:

-Seek medical care right away. Before going to a doctor's office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about recent travel and symptoms.

-Avoid contact with others.

-Do not travel while sick.

-Cover mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not hands) when coughing or sneezing.

-Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

More information about the coronavirus is available at the Health Department website at nyc.gov/health.

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