Tennessee Tech student being tested for coronavirus, UK sends campus-wide warning

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COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT/WVTF/WKYT) -- The Tennessee Department of Health said a Tennessee student was being tested for a new strain of coronavirus that originated in China.

WTVF reported that the Tennessee Tech student had "very mild symptoms" and had a recent travel history that met the criteria to test for the 2019 coronavirus, officials with the university said.

Officials said health providers quickly recognized that the student met the criteria to be tested and were awaiting test results. The student was kept isolated.

As of Thursday night, nothing about the student's health status had been confirmed.

WTVF reported that state officials said Tennesseans do not need to take any action right now.

Sister station WKYT reports no one in neighboring state Kentucky currently has the disease, but the University of Kentucky sent a campus-wide email warning about the disease. Faculty and staff who may have traveled to Wuhan, China in the past two weeks, and have symptoms of coughing, shortness of breath or fever, are asked to contact UK's health service center.



 
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