Of the 70 samples sent to the state lab so far, 50 are not suspicious of being the new virus and were therefore not sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Ford said. There are 19 samples still pending.
The state has only sent one suspicious sample so far that was later confirmed. That was from a 30-year-old Kentucky woman who came to Georgia for wedding. She is still hospitalized in LaGrange but her condition appears to be improving.
That most of the samples appear not to be the new virus is a positive sign, Dr. Ford said. The samples sent into the state lab, that might have tested positive for some form of flu but not the novel virus, might just be picking up the tail end of flu season in Georgia, she said.