Officials at Cornell University say a student who lives off-campus is in isolation, after showing symptoms on Sunday (February 2) that met criteria for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to test him for the novel coronavirus.
Those results could take up to a full week to produce.
In the meantime, the Tompkins County Health Department says the risk for exposure to residents and visitors is low.
They’ll now assist in an extensive investigation to get in touch with anyone who may have had close contact with the individual, who’s currently safe and receiving ongoing care.
At this time, there are no confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in New York State.
Symptoms may include persistent cough, sore throat and fever.
There is no vaccine for this novel coronavirus, but health officials say everyday preventive actions can help stop the spread of this and other respiratory viruses.
New Yorkers are advised to wash their hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, using an alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
They should also avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, while also doing their best to avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home themselves if they’re feeling ill.
Any state resident with questions about the virus can now call a special hotline, staffed by experts with the Department of Health who are available at 1-888-364-3065.
The DOH also creative a website with more information, which can be accessed by clicking here.