California Department of Public Health reported on Sunday January 26 2020 that there are two confirmed cases of Coronavirus in California.
UPDATE: Tuesday January 28 2020:
Orange County has one confirmed case of novel coronavirus.
No evidence that person-to-person transmission has occurred in Orange County.
Risk of infection to public in Orange County is believed to be low.
The one case identified in Orange County, a male in his 50’s, is a traveler from Wuhan, China.
The Health Care Agency (HCA) provided guidance to the traveler upon arrival in order to reduce exposure to the public while awaiting laboratory testing to confirm novel coronavirus.
This individual is currently being treated at a local hospital and is in isolation in good condition.
LA County Department of Public Health reports that one person who was a returning traveler from Wuhan City, China has been confirmed to have this new strain of coronavirus (2019-nCoV) by the CDC.
The person is currently receiving appropriate care at a local hospital.
California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been informed that one individual in Los Angeles County and one individual in Orange County have tested positive for novel coronavirus 2019 (nCoV-2019).
This information is confirmed by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH), the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA), and the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“The California Department of Public Health has been preparing for this situation by working closely with local health departments and health care providers,” said Dr. Sonia Angell, CDPH Director and State Health Officer.
“We are supporting ongoing efforts by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Orange County Health Care Agency to respond to these cases, and will continue working with our partners to monitor for any additional cases that may occur in California, to ensure that persons can be safely and effectively evaluated for this novel virus, and to protect the health of the people of California.”
Protect Your Health and Those Around You
• Washing hands with soap and water.
• Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoiding close contact with people who are sick are all ways to reduce the risk of infection with a number of different viruses.
• If someone does become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough, they should stay away from work, school or other people to avoid spreading illness.
It is very important for persons who have recently traveled and who become ill to notify their health care provider of their travel history.
Persons who have recently traveled to Wuhan, China, or who have had contact with a person with possible novel coronavirus infection should contact their local health department or health care provider.
California Department of Public Health Actions
• Providing information about the outbreak and how to report suspect cases to local health departments and health care providers in California.
• Coordinating with CDC personnel who are doing screening of travelers from Wuhan, China at SFO and LAX airports.
• Assuring that health care providers know how to safely manage persons with possible nCoV-2019 infection.
• Supporting hospitals and local public health laboratories for collection and shipment of specimens for testing at CDC for nCoV-2019.
• Activating CDPH’s Emergency Operations Center to coordinate response efforts across the state.
The nCoV-2019 outbreak in China continues to evolve and California is prepared for more cases that may arise.
CDPH considers this a very important public health event and is closely monitoring the situation and providing updates to partners across the state to support their preparedness efforts.
Important To Note
At this time, no other persons infected with nCoV-2019 have been identified in California.
Currently, the immediate health risk from nCoV 2019 to the general public is low.
For more information please visit Orange County Public Health