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Test results negative for pending coronavirus case in Ventura County


VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. - The Ventura County Public Health Department received negative results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding a possible case of the novel coronavirus in Ventura County.

These results come almost two weeks after the negative results were announced for the first possible case in the county.

The Ventura County Public Health Department (VCPH) announced that two U.S. residents were tested for coronavirus after coming back from trips to China on January 31.

While the first person tested negative for the virus on February 1, the second remained in quarantine for almost two weeks awaiting their pending results.

Both are now presumed not to have the virus after receiving negative test results from the CDC.

“At this time the chances that someone will encounter a person infected with this new coronavirus in Ventura County are very small. Public Health monitoring is ongoing and thorough. We will inform the public if the situation changes. Testing will now take place at our local laboratory,” said Doctor Robert Levin, Ventura County Public Health Medical Director.

As with any virus, especially during the flu season, VCPH wants to remind the community members to take steps to protect your health and those around you. 

Wash your hands with soap and and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. Also avoid close contact with people who are already sick.

If someone does become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough, they should stay away from work, school or other people to avoid spreading illness.

If you have recently traveled to China, and you have become ill with fever, cough or shortness of breath, please call Ventura County Public Health Communicable Diseases at (805) 981-5201.

For the most up to date information regarding the 2019 novel coronavirus, you can visit the CDC website here.

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