Westchester resident tests negative for coronavirus, put in quarantine

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A Westchester resident is in quarantine after possibly being exposed to the novel coronavirus, and health officials are closely monitoring the individual's condition.

According to Westchester County officials, the individual was transported from New York City to an unidentified county facility Monday.

The patient tested negative, but must remain in isolation until the potential incubation period has passed.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said there are still no confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the state. Twenty-three people have been tested so far in the state and 22 have come back negative. One in New York City is still pending.

Cuomo said in part, "I urge everyone to continue to take common-sense precautions, such as regular hand washing and avoiding close contact with people who are sick."

The outbreak is also putting a damper on travel plans. According to Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner, one couple who embarked on a South China sea cruise with Holland America line earlier this month is stuck out at sea. He said after leaving Hong Kong, the ship has been turned away by ports in the Philippines, Taiwan, Korea and Japan.

According to Holland America, the boat is set to port near Bangkok, Thailand on Feb. 13.

They said, "All guests will receive a 100% refund for the 14-day sailing, as well as a 100% future cruise credit. Complimentary internet and phone access is available for guests and crew to stay in contact with loved ones."

Westchester County officials say the individual under isolation is cooperating and that no county residents are at risk for exposure.


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