Four Hudson Valley residents are in isolation for two-weeks following possible exposures to the coronavirus during recent trips to China

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Due to the coronavirus outbreak in China, out of an abundance of caution to protect the health and safety of New York State residents, the New York State Department of Health and CDC have asked people returning from certain areas, where they may have been exposed to the coronavirus, to voluntarily isolate themselves for a period of 14 days.

On Monday, Ulster County Health Commissioner Dr. Carol Smith confirmed four Ulster County residents returning from recent trips to China have agreed to self-isolate for two-weeks. As of this writing, the four haven't shown symptoms of the coronavirus, officials said.

“Given the ongoing issues involving the global Novel Coronavirus outbreak, we continue to closely monitor activities to ensure the public’s health and safety here at home in Ulster County. Currently, there are no known or suspected cases of the Novel Coronavirus in Ulster County and the County Health Department is working closely with State and federal health agencies to ensure every possible precaution is put in place," Smith said in a press release. "I can assure Ulster County residents that our Department of Health, working with the County Department of Emergency Management and the Office of the County Executive, will continue to monitor this situation closely. We have been in daily contact with the DOH and have taken all necessary precautions to avoid the spread of this disease into and within Ulster County.”

The World Health Organization declared a global health emergency over the coronavirus spreading from Wuhan, China. Over 40,000 have been infected with the respiratory illness that has killed over 900 in China.

Signs and symptoms of this illness include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. It has the potential to cause severe disease and death, officials say.

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