NYC Health Department Clears Second Person Tested In NY For Coronavirus

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February 06, 2020 - 4:03 pm

Update 9:49 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — New York City health officials on Wednesday confirmed that a second person under investigation was found to not have the coronavirus.

"More good news tonight, NYC: The 2nd person under investigation was found NOT to have the 2019 novel #coronavirus," the health department said in a tweet.

A total of five people have been tested in the city and three still remain pending.

There remains no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in New York.

Mayor Bill de Blasio says local health departments will soon get the tools to test coronavirus samples. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday that people can call a new coronavirus hotline — 1-888-364-3065 — with questions or concerns. The hotline is staffed by experts from the Department of Health.

Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security is restricting who enters the country.

RELATED: Traveler Quarantined After Arriving At Newark Airport From China

"No foreign nationals, non-U.S. citizens who have had contact with mainland China in the past 14 days will be permitted by the federal government to enter the United States," said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton.

There is now enhanced screening at major airports including John F. Kennedy International and Newark-Liberty.

U.S. citizens who have been to Hubei province, ground zero for the coronavirus outbreak, will be quarantined for 14 days.

Citizens who have been to other parts of China will self-monitor at home.