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Two local patients being monitored for COVID-19 symptoms

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Posted at 5:30 PM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-03 18:30:21-05

City-County health officials are monitoring two patients who meet the criteria set by the CDC for tracking COVID-19.

The health department has not specified which coronavirus criteria those individuals met, but we did learn they are being monitored at their homes and will be checked for symptoms over the next 14 days.

The health department said there currently are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nueces county.

And now, health officials are facing the challenge of keeping the public informed, despite misinformation being spread on social media.

"We're working real hard to get everybody as prepared as possible, because, you know, when it starts creeping up all over the place we know it's just a matter of time," said Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District Director of Public Health Annette Rodriguez. "Everybody just stay educated to what's going on, and know the facts before you say anything on social media."

She said if a positive case did turn up in the area, the health department would let the community know immediately. Rodriguez also said there is a state COVID-19 hotline that has health professionals available to answer questions. That hotline is open 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and that number is (877) 570-9779.