Suspected Covid-19 case confirmed negative

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(CHCC) — The Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. would like to advise the public that the suspected Covid-19 case mentioned in a health advisory released on Thursday, March 5, has been confirmed negative for Covid-19 through additional clinical assessment and extensive consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The patient has additional symptoms that are not consistent with Covid-19, and was diagnosed with a different upper respiratory illness.
It is important to note that there are a variety of upper respiratory diseases with symptoms similar to Covid-19, especially in the early stages (cough, fever, difficulty breathing). In order to not overwhelm testing facilities, it is imperative that clinicians stay up to date with the latest case definition for Covid-19, and rule out other possible causes of a patient’s symptoms. CHCC would like to thank the CDC and local clinicians for their timely guidance and thorough examination of this case.
CHCC would also like to remind the public that best way to protect yourself and others from Covid-19 and other illnesses is to practice good basic health and hygiene. For more information, reach out to the CHCC Public Health and Hospital Emergency
Preparedness Program surveillance unit at (670)234-8950 or go to

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