State health officials reported Thursday that the third Oklahoma resident being tested for the novel coronavirus has been cleared.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported that a person who was under observation for the virus earlier this week tested negative for COVID-19. State health officials updated a landing page on the OSDH website to reflect the negative results.

The most recent person suspected of having the virus had recently returned to Oklahoma from mainland China and reportedly exhibited sufficient symptons to be placed under observation. Health officials tested the Oklahoma patient and sent the sample to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The most recent patient was the third individual in Oklahoma to be examined and tested for the virus.

No confirmed cases have been reported in Oklahoma.

Anyone who has traveled to China in the past 14 days and is experiencing fever, cough or difficulty breathing should contact a health care provider before seeking treatment, according to a news release. Global infections of the virus exceeded 64,400 on Friday, according to data collected by John Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering.

Worldwide, more than 1,500 people have died. More than 7,100 patients have recovered from the virus. Most of those affected are in mainland China.

There have been 15 confirmed cases in the United States. Three people in the U.S. have recovered from the infection; the others are being treated.


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