AUBURN – Southeast District Health Department released an advisory Friday on the novel Coronavirus outbreak.

The 2019 NCoV originated in Wuhan, China, in December and has spread to several countries worldwide.

As of Feb. 7, there were 12 confirmed cases in the United States, but none in Nebraska.

Health Department Director Grant Brueggemann said the current risk is low, but said local preparedness is advised.

Brueggemann: “The health department has plans in place for a coordinated response to a viral outbreak in the event the current situation expands into Nebraska.”

He notes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website is maintaining up-to-date information regarding the current status of 2019-nCoV within the United States.

SEDHD is also asking any travelers who left China within the last two weeks to contact the health department.

 Informing SEDHD of recent travel history to China is the most direct way to ensure timely medical care if needed and to minimize the potential risk to others.