While the two patients that were recently in isolation in New Hampshire tested NEGATIVE for the coronavirus, we are closely monitoring and responding to the situation.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), symptoms may include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Here is their advice (and ours!) to protect yourself and others from getting sick:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water;
  • When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands;
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough;
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider;
  • When visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of novel coronavirus, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals;
  • The consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.
What to do? If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.
If you have recently traveled to or from China, and are experiencing respiratory symptoms including cough and a fever, immediately call DHHS at: (603) 271-4496. After regular business hours, call (603) 271-5300.

If you’re looking for more current information about the ongoing outbreak of 2019-nCoV, consult the National Centers for Disease Control and New Hampshire DHHS web sites.