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Potential case of coronavirus in Las Vegas


The Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) is investigating a case of coronavirus in Clark County.

SNHD refused to say where the patient is being held in isolation, or where he has been since arriving in Las Vegas two weeks ago, but they did confirm that the patient in question was placed in isolation at a local hospital.

“The Health District has been monitoring this situation and working closely with our health care partners to ensure they were prepared for potential patients,” acting SNHD Chief Health Officer Dr. Fermin Leguen said in a statement. “Our hospitals are very experienced in isolating and taking care of ill patients, and we will continue to coordinate the testing process and communications with our partners at the state and the CDC.”

SNHD said the patient was a Clark County resident traveling in China and came back to the United States via McCarran International Airport on Jan. 14.

Test results are being sent to the CDC; results should be made available in 24-48 hours, according to the health district.

The health district said they would take steps to contact people who may have come in contact with the patient if the patient is confirmed to have coronavirus.