Ten people are now being monitored for coronavirus in North Dakota. The number of people being monitored in the state went up from five to seven over the weekend, and up to 10 Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 18.
There have yet to be any confirmed cases of the virus in the state, said Michelle Detloff, the program manager with the state division of disease control. All 10 people being monitored have traveled to China recently, but not to Wuhan or Hubei Province, where the virus is most active.
Those being monitored take their own temperature twice a day for 14 days after their last day in China, Detloff said. They also monitor themselves for symptoms of coronavirus, which include elevated temperature, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and other symptoms of a respiratory infection, Detloff said.
The division of disease control makes contact with the 10 people daily for a report.
"So every day we're getting that information," she said. "We're having contact with them every day."
She declined to give the ages of the people being monitored or what part of the state they are in. Theresa Knox, the nursing and nutrition supervisor with the Grand Forks Health Department, said no one is being monitored in Grand Forks County.
Knox said her department is collaborating with community partners at Altru Health System, Sanford Health and UND, remaining alert and monitoring notifications from the state Department of Health, in addition to staying up to date with the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.
Effectively, she said, they're monitoring the disease in real time.
Meanwhile, she encouraged residents to be mindful of the spread of misinformation about the virus, and that anyone with concerns should contact their local health department or local physician.
"And good handwashing can prevent lots and lots of things, and get your flu shot," she said. "Not that that has anything to do with coronavirus, but influenza is a lot more prevalent."