First coronavirus case confirmed in Santa Clara County – Press-Enterprise


Santa Clara County health officials Friday afternoon said that a man has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, which has sickened thousands and killed more than 200 people throughout the world.

County Health Officer Sara Cody said the man recently traveled to Wuhan, returned Jan. 24 to Mineta San Jose International Airport and then became sick.  He has been “self-isolating” at home since returning and only left to seek outpatient medical treatment on two occasions. Cody said he has not been sick enough to require hospitalization.

“This one case in fact does not change the risk to the general public. Our assessment is that the public at large is at low risk,” Cody said.

Cody emphasized that there is no evidence that the virus is spreading anywhere in the county, Bay Area or Northern California.

The man has had limited contact with other people and they have been contacted and health officials are contacting all of them and have them stay at home for 14 days, Cody said.

The confirmation that the man who lives somewhere in the county has the virus was made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a news release from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.

No confirmed cases have been reported in Alameda County, San Mateo County or Contra Costa County as of Friday, health officials said.

Concerns about coronavirus — which originated in Wuhan, China — has spread through the Bay Area this week as more than 9,000 people have become ill in China. Over 200 people have died, mostly in the Hubei Province.

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Two cases in California, one in Los Angeles and one in Orange County, are being closely monitored.

On Thursday, officials confirmed the first person-to-person spread of coronavirus in the United States in Chicago, raising the nation’s total number of cases to the six.

Earlier this week, Santa Clara County ramped up its Emergency Operations Center — activated last Wednesday — and reassigned about two dozen staff to the center. Alameda and San Francisco counties have also activated operations centers.



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