The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] has confirmed the 15th case of coronavirus in the U.S. The patient is in quarantine in Texas after an evacuation of Americans from Wuhan.

The coronavirus, also known as 2019-nCoV virus, is currently considered to be a low-risk virus for the general public in the United States. It is believed this virus can spread from person to person similar to other respiratory pathogens, which are spread when people nearby sneeze or cough. 

“At this time there is no indication of person-to-person spread of this virus at the quarantine facility, but CDC will carry out a thorough contact investigation as part of its current response strategy to detect and contain any cases of infection with this virus,” CDC on-site team lead Dr. Chris Braden said in an official statement.

Two samples from Miami University were sent to the CDC to be tested for the virus but both have come back as negative. As of Feb. 13, Ohio has tested five people for the virus and they have all been declared negative, according to the Ohio Department of Health. 

Samuel Kappes from Prairie Township has been teaching in China and is looking for a way back to Ohio.

“It’s getting worse. More and more cases are appearing every single day. It’s starting to make me a little more nervous every day,” Kappes said in an interview with WKSU.  

The coronavirus has killed hundreds of people in China, with a low number of deaths in countries like Japan and the Philippines. Over 25 countries have confirmed cases of the virus including the United States, Australia, Germany and Canada.

“There will likely be additional cases in the coming days and weeks, including among other people recently returned from Wuhan,” the CDC said in a statement.

Shelby Reeves is an alumni affairs reporter. Contact her at sreeves8@kent.edu

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