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Officials: Clinton school employee who went to China shows no signs of coronavirus

Posted February 12, 2020 1:56 p.m. EST

— A Clinton City Schools employee who recently visited China doesn’t show symptoms of the coronavirus and won’t have contact with students or parents until next week as a precaution, district officials said Wednesday.

The employee returned to the United States from Guangzhou, in the Guangdong province of China, on Feb. 2.

The outbreak of the coronavirus started in Wuhan, which is about 600 miles from Guangzhou.

The employee’s work will be limited to auxiliary offices until Feb. 16, two weeks after the employee arrived in the United States.

Until then, the employee is able to work at school sites only after school hours when no students or parents are in the building.

Guidelines released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the employee is in the “asymptomatic medium-risk exposure” category.

School officials said the Sampson County Health Department determined the employee is a low risk to the school system because the employee does not show symptoms of the virus.

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