Two possible cases of coronavirus in New Hampshire

Published: Jan. 28, 2020 at 5:41 AM EST
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New Hampshire health officials say two people are in isolation at hospitals in Littleton and Concord waiting to see if they have the coronavirus.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services says both people recently traveled to Wuhan, China, and developed respiratory symptoms.

Officials at Littleton Regional Healthcare say they're taking care of a New Hampshire student who showed up at the emergency department a few days ago with mild flu-like symptoms. That student was put in intensive care to prevent cross-contamination. Test results on the cases are expected either Tuesday or Wednesday.

Upward of 5,000 have been sickened by the new virus that began in China. Around 100 deaths have been confirmed.

The Vermont Department of Health says they are closely monitoring the situation but there have been no suspected cases in the state. The health commissioner says they are working closely with CDC and they have issued guidance, instructions and infection control recommendations to medical providers and facilities across Vermont.

Meanwhile, several Democratic senators are calling on the U.S. Health Department to do more to stop the spread of coronavirus. A group of 31 senators sent a letter to the department's secretary requesting updates on the Trump administration's response to the outbreak and what's being done to keep families safe.

That includes New York Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

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