A patient evaluated at the Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth was quickly cleared of the possibility of having contracted the novel coronavirus, a hospital spokesman said.

The patient arrived in the hospital's emergency room with respiratory illness after traveling to and from China, Essentia spokesman Louis St. George III said Tuesday. Hospital personnel consulted with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and determined that the patient did not meet the guidelines that would require testing for the disease.

"We diligently monitor for public health concerns and follow recommended screening and testing guidelines from the CDC and respective state boards of health," St. George said in a statement.

He declined to identify the patient's gender, and it was not immediately clear when the patient was treated.

Novel coronavirus was first reported in the city of Wuhan, China. It has led to more than a thousand deaths in China. So far, only 13 cases have been confirmed in the United States, and there have been no deaths. One case was confirmed in Wisconsin.

Symptoms are described as similar to influenza symptoms.