Baylor student in Waco tested for possible case of coronavirus

Published: Jan. 24, 2020 at 5:00 PM CST
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The Waco-McLennan County Public Health District is currently monitoring a suspected case of the 2019 novel coronavirus involving a Baylor University student who traveled to China this year.

Health officials conducted a test for the virus on January 23, 2020 and sent samples to the CDC. They are awaiting results.

The Health District is working with Baylor University, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and local health care providers to take immediate action according to the best practices outlined by the CDC and to provide a coordinated response.

Waco health officials are working to identify all who may have come in contact with the student. These individuals will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms if the case is positive.

Officials said the patient is doing "well with minimal symptoms."

Baylor moved the individual to an isolated room on campus as a precaution, the university said.

The university also "thoroughly sanitized the student’s residence hall room, as well as the residence hall where the individual lived."