Maryland is now testing 7 patients for Coronavirus – NBC4 Washington

Maryland health officials announced Tuesday that seven patients are awaiting test results to find out if they have the coronavirus that has affected thousands of people around the world.

No cases have been confirmed in Maryland, Virginia or Washington, DC since Tuesday morning.

On Monday, only one person in the state was waiting for results to see if they had been infected with the virus, also called COVID-19.

The Maryland Department of Health released updated data on Tuesday saying a total of seven people were waiting for results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Maryland has not released any information on where possible patients live or work.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend these seven tips to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In DC, a number of results are still pending. Five people tested negative for the disease.

More than 88,000 cases of the new virus have been confirmed worldwide, but most patients are located in China where the virus emerged. Six residents of the United States, all of whom lived in Washington state, died from the virus.

Coronavirus is a family of diseases that include colds and flu. The COVID-19 virus is still under study, but doctors say symptoms may include cold and flu-like symptoms, including mild to severe respiratory symptoms.

Governments and schools are on high alert for an infectious disease that has spread to eastern states including New York, Massachusetts and Florida.

Prince George County executive Angela Alsobrooks urged people to take precautions against the spread of disease. Wash your hands often; use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol; do not touch the eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; avoid close contact with anyone who is sick; cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and disinfect frequently used objects and surfaces.

Eleven people tested in Virginia tested negative for COVID-19. The state is currently monitoring 95 people for the disease, Virginia health officials say.

Officials say one of the best ways to prevent getting sick is to wash your hands often. Anyone who feels sick should stay home.

If you believe you have coronavirus, call your doctor before visiting so they can prepare and prevent further spread of germs.

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