Eleven people being monitored for coronavirus in Iowa; showing no symptoms

Published: Mar. 2, 2020 at 12:54 PM CST
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A new update from the Iowa Department of Public Health shows that eleven people are being monitored in the state for the coronavirus (COVID-19). All of those who are being monitored are not showing any symptoms.

Officials say that 40 people have completed the public health monitoring.

As of Friday, the Iowa Department of Public Health has tested 17 people in the state for the coronavirus. Of those 17, 15 came back negative and two are still pending.

Officials with the University of Iowa held a news conference Wednesday morning on what they're doing to keep the public safe.

They say right now, all travel-abroad students from infected areas like South Korea and Italy are heading back to the U.S. They'll have to stay in quarantine for 14 days once they get back.

"There are currently no cases of COVID-19 in Iowa, and there is no person-to-person spread in the U.S.," officials said on the

"For the general public, who are unlikely to be exposed to the virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is low."

The Department of Public Health updates its numbers of Iowans being monitored and tested on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.