City: No coronavirus in Lubbock, preparations underway - FOX34 Lubbock

City: No coronavirus in Lubbock, preparations underway

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The city's public health department reported no cases of coronavirus in the Lubbock area Monday, but indicated it's working with health care partners to brace for it.

The "2019 novel coronavirus" outbreak in Wuhan, China, has killed 56 people, sickened nearly 2,000 others, and has forced the evacuation of the U.S. Consulate in the province. The pneumonia-like virus has infected five people in the United States, including two cases in Los Angeles and Arizona over the weekend.

Lubbock's health department is monitoring the announcements, distributing training material to providers, schools, and hospitals, working with labs to review testing, and has brought in extra staff to respond to any potential calls after-hours and on weekends.

Staffers want anyone who's traveled to the Wuhan province to monitor themselves for symptoms -- fever, coughing, or shortness of breath -- for two weeks after returning. The department urges doctors to ask patients with respiratory symptoms about their travel history and report any patients who may have been exposed to the virus.

Here are some ways to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands frequently;
  • Cover coughs and sneezes;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Disinfect surfaces;
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick;
  • And if you're sick, stay home.

Doctors can call (806) 775-2935 to speak with the health department's Disease Surveillance Department. You can get more info on the virus at the Texas Department of State Health Services website.

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