COOKEVILLE, TN (WSMV) - A Tennessee Tech University student tested negative for the coronavirus, according to the Tennessee Department of Health. 

University officials said the student needed to be tested due to showing "very mild symptoms" and because they had a recent travel history that met the criteria for possible infection of the Wuhan strain.

Doctors quickly saw the patient met the criteria for coronavirus testing. The student was being kept isolated while precautionary testing was being done.

"TDH will continue to work with the CDC and other agencies to provide guidance to protect the health of Tennesseans as this situation continues to develop," the TDH said. "To date, there is no evidence of spread within the United States; therefore there are no additional precautions recommended for the general public."

The TDH said it is always good practice to take actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and washing hands frequently with soap and water.

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