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CDC Reports U.S. Coronavirus Cases, Announces Provider Call

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported five cases of the 2019-nCov coronavirus in the United States. Patients in Washington, Arizona, California, and Illinois were diagnosed after traveling to Wuhan City, China.

The agency expects additional cases in the United States in the coming weeks and recommends  travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Hubei Province, China, including Wuhan. CDC also launched health screenings at airports in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco.

The agency will host a call for clinicians on Jan. 31 from 2 to 3 pm ET to share updated guidance about the virus, including information about epidemiology, infection control and prevention recommendations, specimen collection and testing, and clinical management for patients with the infection.

The agency has established a resource page for the coronavirus outbreak and is working with the Food and Drug Administration to develop countermeasures.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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Emily Schweich is a senior communications associate for America's Essential Hospitals.

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