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Terminology

Novel:

"Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV)A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans."- -WHO

Confirmed – Positive test confirmed by CDC. Presumptive Positive – Positive test at state lab, awaiting confirmation by CDC. Presumptive positives are approached as a confirmed case. Ruled Out – Tested negative. Suspect – Testing is underway and results are pending.

"[An] emergency declaration is a necessary step in mobilizing county resources and providing a more
flexible and effective response."-Emergency Management (Washington State)

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