(WFSB) - Schools and universities in Connecticut are on high alert due to the coronavirus.

Two students in the state were monitored and tested for the virus.

The first student who was monitored was at Wesleyan University in Middletown.

However, school officials said on Monday that the college student tested negative for the coronavirus.

"The student is doing well," said Lauren Rubenstein, director of media & public relations, Wesleyan University.

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The student traveled through an airport in Asia and simply came down with the flu.

The other monitored case was on the campus of Yale University in New Haven.

The high school student, who is from China, became ill and tested positive for the flu. Symptoms included a cough and fever.

Channel 3 was told by city officials that the student was also tested for the coronavirus by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The results are expected either Tuesday or Wednesday.

However, city officials said the student did not exhibit severe symptoms and was released from the hospital.

The Yale Model United Nations conference was shut down for a day due to concerns.

These reports come at the height of respiratory virus season.

Connecticut health officials said the flu is widespread across the state.

Statistics released last week by the Department of Public Health showed 20 flu-related deaths and nearly 800 hospitalizations this season.

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New Haven Mayor Justin Eliker, along with other city and university officials, held a conference call to talk about the potentially deadly virus.

“While the two cases in Connecticut are influenza cases we are in the midst of flu season, we want to take all precautions to make absolutely sure they do not also [have] coronavirus so as to ensure the health and safety of all residents," Eliker said. “There’s a number of procedures in place to make sure we’re monitoring where that person has been, who that person may have been in contact with so that we communicate with other people who were in that location, that they might have been exposed. We’d work with other health providers to ensure we’re identifying other new people, but again, that scenario, we’re not facing that scenario right now.”

Health officials are urging people to wash hands, avoid close contact with anyone who's sick and clean surfaces.

They said the threat for the coronavirus in Connecticut remains low.

However, they're telling people to contact their health care providers if they feel sick.

A Yale New Haven Hospital spokesperson issued a statement on Monday saying "Yale New Haven Hospital is not currently treating any patients with confirmed 2019 novel Coronavirus. However, we have seen an exceptionally high number of patients with of influenza this winter. Each patient presenting with flu-like symptoms is evaluated thoroughly to prescribe a care plan. Yale New Haven Health also encourages those with respiratory infections to use any of the walk-in clinics listed on our website as an alternative to our emergency department. If you have traveled in China during the past two weeks and are now ill with a possible respiratory tract infection, please call your doctor, or the clinic, first so that you can be cared for in a safe manner.”

More information about the flu in the state can be found on the DPH's website here.

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rick be

Call me a cynic,but the medicos will soon start lying about the cases they find.

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