The patient who was undergoing testing for COVID-19 at Rochester General Hospital has been cleared. 

On Saturday morning, the Democrat & Chronicle reported that the local patient, who was released from the hospital on Thursday, was determined not to have the new coronavirus or COVID-19, the disease it causes.

The patient arrived at the emergency department on Wednesday morning and was placed under isolation. According to Monroe County Public Health Commissioner Michael Mendoza the patient was suffering from symptoms indicative of COVID-19, like fever, coughing, and shortness of breath.

The patient was under voluntary self-quarantine when released.

At UR, measures have been underway since at least February to combat the coronavirus fallout. University President Sarah Mangelsdorf formed the Coronavirus University Response Team to prepare for impacts UR may face. On Thursday, students received an email advising them to be cautious during their spring break, which officially begins today. UR has advised all students to take the following preventative measures:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay hydrated and get plenty of rest.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. And when you are sick, stay home.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

UR also has a Coronavirus Update webpage. 

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