The department issued a brief statement on Monday acknowledging that an individual is displaying flu-like symptoms. Forthcoming lab test results will confirm whether or not the person has the infection.
The statement did not identify the patient or whether the person is a man or woman.
Health officials feels that the risk of infection from novel coronavirus to the average Philadelphian is very low. People who have recently traveled to China are at the greatest risk.
The department recommends that, as is normal this time of year, people wash their hands thoroughly, try not to touch their face, avoid contact with people who are sick, cover their cough or sneeze, and stay home when they are sick.The same recommendations apply to novel coronavirus.