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State testing comes back negative for Chinese coronavirus


State officials say test results on three possible cases of coronavirus in Michigan show it’s not the same strain as the coronavirus found in China.

Samples from the cases Macomb and Washtenaw Counties were confirmed negative. An additional sample from a possible fourth case has been sent out for testing.

The Centers for Disease Control and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services are monitoring an outbreak that originated from Wuhan, China.

Lynn Sutfin is with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

“The test specimens that were sent in on Friday have all come back negative which is very good news for us in the state,” she said.

Sutfin said there are a few ways people can keep themselves safe.

“Wash your hands with soap and water often. Cover your cough. Stay home if you are sick and if you can try to avoid being around sick people.”

According to Sutfin there have been five confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in the United States.

Novel Coronavirus is a mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath.