Jan. 27, 2020


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Maryland Department of Health reports first case to meet testing criteria for 2019 novel coronavirus in Maryland


Baltimore, MD – The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) today reported that a Maryland resident met the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) criteria for testing for 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This individual is in good condition and is being monitored while awaiting test results, to be reported by the CDC laboratory.


The Maryland Department of Health is closely monitoring the rapidly changing situation with 2019 N-CoV, both in the U.S. and in China,” said MDH Deputy Secretary of Public Health Fran Phillips. “As we learn more, Marylanders are encouraged to practice everyday actions to promote good health and to protect yourself and your loved ones from respiratory viruses like the coronavirus — wash your hands thoroughly, cover your cough and avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay home from work or school if you’re not feeling well.”


At this time Maryland continues to have no confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV.


Information and updates about 2019-nCoV in Maryland — including up-to-date testing and laboratory-confirmed case numbers — are available at: health.maryland.gov/coronavirus.


Additional information about 2019-nCoV is available at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.


For travel health information, visit: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices.




The Maryland Department of Health is dedicated to protecting and improving the health and safety of all Marylanders through disease prevention, access to care, quality management and community engagement. Follow us on Twitter @MDHealthDept and at Facebook.com/MDHealthDept.    ​