Health District confirms first ‘presumptive positive’ novel coronavirus case in Clark County – FOX5 Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) — The Southern Nevada Health District confirmed the first novel coronavirus case in Clark County Thursday morning.

SNHD said the Clark County resident tested presumptively positive for COVID-19.

The CDC treats presumptive positive cases as confirmed positive, according to their guidelines. A presumptive positive means a patient was tested positive at a local laboratory, but still needs to be confirmed by the CDC. SNHD said that confirmation could come within 24-48 hours.

We’re reporting our first #COVID19 case in a male in his 50s who has a travel history to Washington State. He is @ClarkCounty resident and is hospitalized in isolation. For more information, visit #WashYourHands

— SN Health District (@SNHDinfo) March 5, 2020

The patient is a man in his 50s who recently traveled to Washington state and Texas, SNHD said.

“The Health District is working with its health care partners and leading the effort to quickly identify close contacts of the patient,” SNHD said in a statement.

The Health District also confirmed that the patient has a child within Clark County School District, who stayed home from school after the patient tested positive. SNHD couldn’t confirm which school the child attended.

The child did not present any symptoms, the health district said.

SNHD also couldn’t confirm which hospital has the patient in isolation.

SNHD said the risk to the general public remains low in Clark County.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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