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Evacuee quarantined in Nebraska for coronavirus testing does not have the disease

OMAHA, Neb. (KTIV) - Saturday, Nebraska Medicine announced on twitter that the woman who was brought in to the National Quarantine Unit Friday for coronavirus testing.

They say she does not have the disease and has returned to Camp Ashland to finish the rest of the quarantine period.

OMAHA, Neb. (KTIV) - Right now, the CDC says there are 15 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the U.S., 347 negative tests, and 81 tests that are still pending.

Speaking to the media, Friday, Nebraska medical center leaders say samples were collected from the patient, who is an adult female, who was showing symptoms.

"We wore the CDC approved personal protective equipment as we did the assessment on the individual and collected the specimen," said Shelly Schwedhelm, Executive Director of Emergency Management and Biopreparedness.

Leaders say the 57 evacuees, in Nebraska, are screened twice a day.

They say the symptoms in the transported patent were discovered at Friday morning's screening.

Officials add the rest of the evacuees are still trying to keep a good attitude about the situation.

"There's been something happening every single day. Today there they're actually searching for Valentine's hearts. We're entering day 9, we just finished day 8, so we're just starting into the 9th day and morale remains high of staff and of the residence," said Dana Hall, Deputy Federal Health Coordinating Official.

Leaders say the patient will be tested again 24 hours after the first test.

If the patient tests negative for coronavirus, she will be sent back to Camp Ashland, near Omaha, with the rest of the evacuees.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- One of 57 evacuees from the virus zone in China who is being held in quarantine in Nebraska is being transported to a special unit of an Omaha medical center to undergo testing after developing upper respiratory symptoms.

A news release Friday from Nebraska Medicine says the person's symptoms are "extremely mild" and that the testing is being done out of an abundance of caution.

The patient will be taken to the University of Nebraska Medical Center campus' federally funded National Quarantine Unit to be tested for COVID-19, also known as coronavirus.

The unit is separate from any of the buildings on campus where patients receive care.

Associated Press

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