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Coronavirus Update

An outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) originated in Wuhan, China in late 2019. To date, a small number of cases have been documented outside of China, including some cases in the United States.

This coronavirus can cause illness that is mild—a simple cold or upper respiratory infection that can be overcome—to more severe cases that can result in life-threatening pneumonia.

Update: January 23, 2020

coronavirus affects the respiratory systemThis is a statement from Dr. Michael J. Apostolakos, Chief Medical Officer for UR Medicine Strong Memorial and Highland hospitals

The risk of novel coronavirus infecting Upstate New York residents appears low for now, but our health system is taking early precautions to be ready. We are sharing public health updates with all UR Medicine providers, and have added information to our electronic health record that will help doctors diagnose potential cases if the virus appears here. The same precautions we advise all people to take during cold and flu season – wash your hands often, stay home when you’re sick and avoid contact with people who are ill – will help to keep the risk of this virus low in our area. People who feel flu-like symptoms and have recently traveled to an area experiencing significant outbreaks of the virus should contact their doctor.

For more information, please visit the CDC web site.