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Two people tested for coronavirus in Broome County

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(WBNG) -- According to the Broome County Health Department, two adults are being tested for infection by the coronavirus.

The health department says these are not confirmed cases.

Testing is underway at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta and results are expected in a couple of days, the health department says.

County officials say both patients recently returned from China.

They say when the patients arrived at local medical facilities with respiratory symptoms, staff carried out protocol, maintained proper infection control, contacted the health department, and obtained specimens for laboratory testing.

Meanwhile, local EMS crews are ready to take on any possible cases of the coronavirus by keeping up on their training with the CDC.

Jim Morris of the Union Volunteer Emergency Squad says he's been a part of ambulance services since 1999 and has seen different strains of the coronavirus in the early 2000s. He says they train well in advance and have all the equipment on hand to assist patients as well as keep the workers safe from the illness.

"The reality is that EMS and the Broome County health system and the hospitals are well aware weeks, if not months, in advance and are putting things in place," said Morris.

He says while it is a foreign virus and it's best to remain cautious, he says take a moment before panicking and assuming.

"At the end of the day, routine care, routine vaccinations, and following up with your primary care is the best way," said Morris.

Both patients have been released to their homes under isolation.

County officials say the patients are no risk to the general public.

The Broome County Health Department said it “will provide an update on the results of the coronavirus tests once they are available.”

Amanda Nord

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