Hundreds of Georgia Residents Monitored for Coronavirus

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The group has been advised to stay in isolation at home for 14 days.

By Joseph Guzman for The Hill

Nearly 200 people in Georgia are being monitored for coronavirus after returning from recent trips to China, according to health officials. 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the residents are self-monitoring in their homes for 14 days. So far, none of the residents have shown symptoms of the virus, and none visited China’s Hubei province, the epicenter of the deadly coronavirus outbreak. 

Health officials say they have been sequestered because they traveled to other parts of China where the virus is also spreading. 

Officials have reportedly been calling each resident to inform them of the potential symptoms of the coronavirus and the importance of staying isolated at home during the 14-day period.

Even though at least 13 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the U.S., none have been reported in Georgia. As of Wednesday, commercial flights have been suspended between Atlanta and China. 

Reuters reported that an Atlanta couple tested positive for the coronavirus, and they have been hospitalized in Japan. The two were passengers aboard a cruise ship that has been docked in Yokohama for a week due to the outbreak. 

So far, the novel coronavirus has killed more than 1,100 people and infected 45,000 around the globe, but the vast majority of cases are in mainland China. There have been 393 cases in 24 countries outside China.