Chinese authorities announced last week that crews were rushing to build a 1,000-bed hospital to help alleviate overcrowding at hospitals in Wuhan, a city with a population topping 11 million. Officials expect to complete construction on the 270,000-square-foot lot by Feb. 3, The Associated Press reported.
Officials with the CDC said Tuesday that the risk posed by the coronavirus in the U.S. remained low. Five people have been confirmed as infected with the 2019 novel coronavirus: one in Washington, one in Illinois, two in California and one in Arizona.
The virus hasn't spread from human-to-human in the U.S., though officials in Germany, Japan and Vietnam have reported human transmission of the coronavirus.
"Risk is dependent on exposure and some people will have greater risk of infection," according to the CDC. "While it’s possible that some person-to-person spread with this virus may be detected in the United States, the goal of the ongoing U.S. public health response is to contain this outbreak and prevent sustained spread in this country."
As of Tuesday, more than 100 people have died and more than 4,500 have been confirmed ill in China due to coronavirus, according to the AP. Officials recommend that any people who have recently traveled to Wuhan and subsequently experienced flu-like symptoms -- including fever, coughing, shortness of breath or a sore throat -- contact their health care providers.