Initially patients were just asked about recent travel to Wuhan China.
The patient tested was reported to have recently traveled to China and displayed flu-like symptoms which can be similar to symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus. Health officials tell News 12 the people who appear to be at risk are seniors and those with an underlying health condition.
"What we're asking folks to do is not to go directly to their provider because we want to make sure we're protecting the public and that they're not in waiting rooms or other areas while they may be symptomatic but rather staying home and we'll work with them to be transported", explained Hanson. That is compared to 19 million cases of influenza in the USA, and more than 10 thousand deaths this flu season.
The first case in the United States was confirmed in a western Washington man two weeks ago.
DHSS says if at any point laboratory testing confirms a case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus in a DE resident, the available details and protective recommendations would be shared with the public as quickly as possible.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
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"Culturally in countries like China, people wear masks not to prevent infection, but when they have cold - to stop spreading it", she said.
Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Right now, it's clear the new flu will be widespread, but no one knows for sure whether it will be more deadly than other forms of flu.
The department has reported two child deaths this season due to the flu. There have already been eight cases in the United States, and by Monday morning three patients experiencing possible coronavirus symptoms were under observation in Manhattan and Queens hospitals.
Now declared a public health emergency by the World Health Organization, the Coronavirus is dominating the news cycle across the globe.
The CDC recommends that anyone who is six months or older receives an annual flu shot.