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No cautions have been put in place nor discussed by Emporia State today after reports of a potential coronavirus case in Lawrence, KS.

“The director of Student Wellness receives (Kansas Department of Health and Environment) updates,” said Gwen Larson, head of marketing and media relations. “She is getting all of their alerts and all of their guidelines.”

A patient sought medical attention after having respiratory issues within weeks of visiting Wuhan, China, the city where the coronavirus originated in December. The KDHE and Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department are investigating the possibility of the coronavirus in Kansas.

George Diepenbrock, communications officer at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, confirmed a potential case.

According to a press release from the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, “The patient is not severely ill and is currently in isolation at a hospital as a precaution.”

The Center for Disease Control is currently running tests to determine if it is the coronavirus. Results will be back in a few days.

If you are not feeling well and are experiencing these symptoms reach out to the Student Wellness Center found on the first floor of South East Morse or go to Newman Regional Hospital, 1202 West 12th Avenue. 

Correction: In a previously posted version of this story, Wuhan was spelled incorrectly. It has been corrected here.

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