One of two University of Delaware students previously being monitored for coronavirus has tested negative, the school and public health officials announced Thursday.
The student has been released from the hospital and recovering from "their underlying illness" at home, Division of Public Health officials said.
A second student's test results remain pending while undergoing testing from the Center for Disease Control, and will remain hospitalized and isolated until those are returned, "expected in the coming days."
The DPH announced it's also monitoring 13 asymptomatic travelers who are not sick and show no signs of the virus. The CDC recommends monitoring any returning visitor from China for 14 days upon their return, and suggests they remain at home while self-monitoring.
There have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus, now being referred to by officials as COVID-19, in the state of Delaware.
School officials said in a press release announcing the student's clearance:
"The University reminds the community that while it is understandable to feel uncertain or anxious during a public health event, everyone needs to remember to care for one another and not make assumptions about others’ perceived symptoms or any characteristics of identity. This is a time to support one another. Compassion and empathy for each other makes a difference."
DPH officials similarly called for compassion for others, and warned against allowing oneself to be overcome by discriminatory fears.
"DPH officials are also emphasizing that Asian American/Pacific Islander individuals are at no higher risk of carrying the 2019 novel coronavirus than any other individual. DPH urges people not to make assumptions that someone might be ill or could become ill based on their accent, background or skin color.
"Most Delawareans are at greater risk of contracting seasonal influenza than coronavirus. COVID-19 has not been found to be spreading widely in the U.S., so there are no additional precautions recommended for the general public. The best guidance is to take the same everyday precautions recommended for avoiding colds and flu:
Get your flu vaccine if you have not already.
Stay home when you are sick and avoid well people as much as possible.
Cover your coughs and sneezes.
Practice good hand hygiene – frequently wash hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer."