Coronavirus

Employees work in the pop-up Huoyan Laboratory specialized in the nucleic acid test on 2019-nCoV in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province.

Both University of Delaware students who were tested for coronavirus have been cleared, officials said Saturday.

UD first disclosed Tuesday that the two students were being tested.

“The risk to the UD community remains low,” spokeswoman Andrea Boyle Tippett said Tuesday. “Out of an abundance of caution, the university is sharing this preliminary information.”

The students do not live on campus, but Tippett would not say if the students had been on campus recently.

Coronavirus first emerged in Wuhan, China, and has resulted in millions of people in China being quarantined. There have been more than 60,000 cases reported, resulting in more than 1,300 deaths.

So far, there have been 15 confirmed cases in the United States, but none in Delaware.

Meanwhile, Delaware Division of Public Health is also monitoring 27 asymptomatic travelers who arrived in the U.S. from mainland China.

"The CDC recommended that such travelers be monitored for 14 days after their return. During the 14 days after their return from China, these persons are being asked to remain at home while self-monitoring for symptoms," DPH spokesman Sean Dooley said. "If any of these persons shows symptoms of fever, cough and/or shortness of breath, they should call DPH right away to determine next steps, which may include transport to a local hospital for evaluation, isolation and testing."

UD started spring semester classes Feb 10, and officials said earlier this month they are closely monitoring the coronavirus.

“We are watching this evolving situation closely, with particular attention to communities served by our Office for International Students and Scholars,” UD President Dennis Assanis wrote in a letter to students. “In addition, Student Health Services has protocols in place and is well equipped to handle contagious diseases.”

More than 200 students from China who are unable to return to campus due to coronavirus-related travel restrictions are being offered the ability to complete classes digitally or take a leave of absence.

“I also encourage all Blue Hens to put our values of supporting members of our community into practice – from all races, nationalities and individual backgrounds – welcoming them with kindness and compassion,” Assanis wrote. “The geographic origins of this event are related to place and contact, not ethnicity, so please be sensitive to this aspect as we collectively monitor the health of our community.”

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