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nhs, Pence has been overseeing U.S. efforts to contain the outbreak, after President Trump appointed him to head a special task force that includes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health. The vice president said the efforts by health officials and lawmakers represented the “very best of D.C. coming together, putting the health and wellbeing of the American people first and making nearly $8 billion available not only to federal agencies but to state and local efforts as we confront coronavirus.”

The newly confirmed case was not mentioned during a CDC telebriefing held on Friday, where officials said they will be counting cases involving passengers who were evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship separately from other travel-related cases. At least 11 of the American evacuees who had been quarantined on the ship have tested positive for the virus, with officials warning that more cases could be expected. Those cases are not included in the 15 others that had been confirmed in Americans who were either evacuated from or had recently traveled to China. nhs

nhs, The first patient to test positive for coronavirus in the U.S. has been released from a Seattle-area hospital; Jonathan Serrie reports. In an effort to speed up coronavirus diagnoses in the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week granted state laboratories permission to use the rapid coronavirus diagnostic test created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The test was previously only available at CDC laboratories. States with suspected coronavirus cases would send respiratory secretions, namely nasal or oral swabs, from patients to the CDC for testing, forcing state officials to await the results before confirming a case.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) said anyone who has been in the Hubei Province in Central China over the last two weeks, is considered to be at high risk of exposure and must submit to a 14-day quarantine. In addition, increased concern over COVID-19 had also prompted the State Department to issue a Level 4 travel advisory (Do Not Travel) for China as of Jan. 30. CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP Hawley said that the Chinese Communist Party has created this global health epidemic because of their misinformation campaign and because they have not addressed this head-on and they weren't prepared. nhs