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Nevada cruise ship passengers being evaluated for coronavirus

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Posted at 10:34 PM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-07 01:39:08-05

NEVADA (KTNV) — Forty Nevadans who were passengers on a Grand Princess cruise ship are being contacted by health authorities to assess their health and symptoms that may be consistent with the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

The passengers disembarked from the ship on Feb. 21, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

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And the case that was announced as a presumptive positive through the Washoe County Health District involves a passenger on the ship - which also includes passengers from other states who have since tested positive for COVID-19.

The health district identified that patient as a man in his 50s, who was in stable condition and self-isolating at home.

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On March 4-5, the state was notified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the Nevada passengers, and local health authorities responded immediately to contact and assess all passengers for a sign of illness, according to a government spokesperson.

“Our local health authorities continue to show they are dedicated to the health of our communities, and the state is grateful for their swift response to connect with these passengers and their health,” said Richard Whitley, Director of the Department of Health and Human Services.

About Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the DHHS:

Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, headache, runny nose and/or sore throat. However, limited information is available to characterize the spectrum of clinical illness associated with this illness.

Based on what has been seen previously during respiratory disease outbreaks caused by coronavirus, it is believed that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear anytime between two and 14 days after exposure.

At this time, it is unclear how easily or sustainably COVID-19 is spreading between people.

There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19, but like any respiratory viral illness it is recommended to practice good health hygiene habits.

To prevent the spread of flu and viruses:

-Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
-Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
-Stay home when you are sick.
-Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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