Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks at a news conference about the federal government’s response to a virus outbreak originating in China on Tuesday in Washington D.C. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks at a news conference about the federal government’s response to a virus outbreak originating in China on Tuesday in Washington D.C. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

County resident is among 7 with negative coronavirus test

Result is pending for another Snohomish County resident tested of 16 in state sent to CDC lab.

EVERETT — One Snohomish County resident received a negative test result Tuesday for the Wuhan coronavirus. Results for another were pending.

These are among tests on 16 Washington residents sent to the lab at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

Of these, seven were negative, with eight results still pending, the state Department of Health reported Tuesday.

There has been one confirmed case in the state, a Snohomish County man who was the nation’s first coronavirus case.

The state listed 67 as being monitored for being in close contact with the man. At risk is anyone within about six feet of a person with confirmed infection for more than 10 minutes or with direct contact with secretions.

The man was in satisfactory condition on Tuesday after being admitted more than a week ago to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. He is in an isolated unit.

There are five confirmed cases in the United States. All had recently traveled to Wuhan, China.

In China, the total number of confirmed infections nearly doubled since Monday, from 2,835 to 4,515. The death toll was 132 people, most in and around Wuhan.

Test results were negative for two of the three University of Washington students who traveled to Wuhan and later developed symptoms. Results on the third were pending.

Across the border, a British Columbia man who traveled to Wuhan is the third case in Canada. A Toronto man was the first Canadian to contract the virus and his wife, who went with him to Wuhan, was the second.

The CDC issued updated travel guidelines for China, recommending that travelers avoid all non-essential travel to all of the country.

As of Monday, the CDC had tested 110 people from 26 states.

Thirty-two results came back as negative and 73 tests were pending. The health agency plans to update its numbers on Wednesday.

Germany reported three new coronavirus cases Tuesday and there are 14 in Thailand. Other places infections have been confirmed include France, South Korea, Japan, Nepal, Cambodia, Singapore, Vietnam, Taiwan and Sri Lanka.

Andrea Brown: abrown@heraldnet.com; 425-339-3443. Twitter @reporterbrown.

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