Twenty-one people tested positive for coronavirus on board the cruise ship off the coast of San Francisco

(Reuters) – Twenty-one people have tested positive for coronavirus on board a cruise ship that was denied entry into San Francisco Bay this week after a number of passengers and crew members developed similar symptoms. -influences on the ship, which was connected to COVID-19 previously confirmed infections.

The vice president of the United States, announcing the test results during a briefing at the White House, also said that the Grand Princess cruise ship will be taken to an unspecified non-commercial port where all passengers and crew, approximately 3,500 people, will be tested for coronavirus.

The diagnostic test kits were transported Thursday by an Air National Guard helicopter to the cruise ship, where medical personnel took samples from 46 passengers and crew members to determine if they contracted the respiratory virus.

The samples were taken to a state laboratory in the bay area. Pence said 21 of the tests were positive, 24 negative and one not conclusive.

Meanwhile, passengers on board the ship said they had been largely confined to their cabins since Thursday afternoon, as requested by the cruise line. A passenger who spoke with Reuters on Thursday, Kathy Reid, 67, a retiree from Granbury, Texas, said she and others felt like they were in “limbo”.

California Governor Gavin Newsom insisted that the ship, which was due to return from Hawaii to its home port in San Francisco on Wednesday, remained at sea until everyone aboard sick or at risk of coronavirus exposure can be tested.

Health officials said Thursday they initially planned to test 35 passengers and crew members who reported symptoms consistent with the coronavirus, as well as dozens of passengers “detained” from a previous trip to Mexico.

State and local officials acted to stop the cruise ship after learning that the people on board had fallen ill and two passengers who traveled on the same ship last month in Mexico subsequently tested coronavirus positive.

One, an elderly man from Placer County near Sacramento with underlying conditions, died this week, marking the first coronavirus-documented mortality in California. The other, from the Bay Area, has been described by Newsom as seriously ill.

Health officials say both people probably contracted the virus on board the ship.

FILE PHOTO: A California National Guard helicopter from the Moffett Federal Airfield, 129th Rescue Wing delivers coronavirus test kits to the Grand Princess cruise ship off the coast of San Francisco, California, United States in this still image from a video released March 5, 2020. California National Guard / Handout via REUTERS A

A third passenger on the trip to Mexico, a Canadian woman from Alberta province, has since been reported by health officials there to have tested positive.

Health officials were also trying to contact around 2,500 passengers who landed in San Francisco on February 21 after the previous cruise to Mexico.

Reporting and writing by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Additional reports from Cath Turner in Los Angeles and Jane Lee in San Francisco; Editing by Bill Tarrant and Daniel Wallis

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21 new cases confirmed by the Grand Princess cruise

Twenty-one people aboard a giant cruise ship off the coast of California have tested positive for the new coronavirus, Vice President Mike Pence, including 19 crew members, announced on Friday.

Pence said the federal government is working with California officials on a plan to bring the ship to a non-commercial port this weekend and 3,500 passengers and crew members will be tested for the virus.

“We will all test on the ship and quarantine if necessary,” said Pence. “But as for the crew of 1,100 members, we expect they will be quarantined on the ship.”

The ship carried 3,533 people, including at least four Australians.

At this stage it is not clear whether the four Australians on board are among the confirmed cases.

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Friday’s test results come amid evidence that the ship was the breeding ground for a deadly mass of at least 10 cases during its previous voyage.

“All passengers and crew will be tested for the virus. Those to be quarantined will be quarantined. Those who need medical attention will receive it,” Pence told the media.

Coronavirus test kits were delivered to the ship on Thursday and samples were collected from 45 people, Princess Cruises said in a statement.

A video posted on social media by the California National Guard shows a military helicopter flying over the ship and lowering the test kits with the rope.

The Grand Princess was arrested near San Francisco on Thursday after a traveler from a previous trip died of COVID-19 disease and several passengers and staff members began reporting flu-like symptoms.

Two people who had been on the ship on her previous voyage contracted the virus. One later died.

The dead person – a 71-year-old man – had been aboard the Grand Princess on her previous trip between San Francisco and Mexico.

Pence said he believed the number of infected people was high among the crew since they had probably been exposed during two previous outings.

The ship had traveled to Hawaii and was returning to the port, but has now been told that it cannot dock until tests confirm whether it is infected.

“The ship will not go ashore until we have adequately assessed the passengers,” said California Govenor Gavin Newsom as he declared a state emergency on Thursday.

The astonished passengers watched the elaborate operation, with their phones ready.

“The CDC (US Centers for Disease Control) team along with test samples just taken from the air from the ship,” passenger Jim Lange wrote on Instagram.

The samples were sent to a nearby laboratory for processing.

In the meantime, all passengers were asked to stay in their cabins while the results were pending.

“Guests are receiving meal deliveries in their cabins via room service and additional television and film options have been added to in-room programming,” said Princess Cruises.

“Guests have also been offered free Internet service to keep in touch with family and loved ones and the ship’s Internet bandwidth has been increased.”

Another Princess cruise ship, the Diamond Princess, was quarantined for two weeks in Yokohama, Japan last month due to the virus, and in the end about 700 of the 3,700 people on board were infected with what experts have declared a public health failure, with the ship essentially becoming a floating germ factory.

Three dozen passengers on the Grand Princess have had flu-like symptoms in the past two weeks or so, said Mary Ellen Carroll, executive director of the San Francisco emergency management department.

An epidemiologist studying the spread of viral particles said that recirculating air from a cruise ship’s ventilation system, in addition to close quarters and common spaces, makes passengers vulnerable to infectious diseases.

“They’re not designed as quarantine structures, to put it plainly,” said Don Milton of the University of Maryland. “You will amplify the infection by keeping people on the boat.” He said the fallout from the quarantined ship in Japan demonstrates the urgent need to move people off the ship.

“My advice is to bring people to a safer quarantine environment than a cruise ship,” said Milton.

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Coronavirus test kits delivered by military helicopter

An extraordinary video of a military helicopter delivering coronavirus test kits to a quarantined cruise ship off the coast of California emerged.

The Grand Princess he was stopped near San Francisco on Thursday after a traveler from a previous trip died of COVID-19 and several passengers and staff members began reporting flu-like symptoms.

The ship had traveled to Hawaii and was returning to the port, but has now been told that it cannot dock until tests confirm whether it is infected.

“The ship will not go ashore until we have adequately assessed the passengers,” said California Govenor Gavin Newsom as he declared a state emergency on Thursday.

The ship carries 3,533 people, including at least four Australians.

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ANXIETY WAITING FOR RESULTS

Coronavirus test kits were delivered to the ship on Thursday and samples were collected from 45 people, Princess Cruises said in a statement.

A video posted on social media by the California National Guard shows a military helicopter flying over the ship and lowering the test kits with the rope.

The astonished passengers watched the elaborate operation, with their phones ready.

“The CDC (US Centers for Disease Control) team along with test samples just taken from the air from the ship,” passenger Jim Lange wrote on Instagram.

The samples have now been sent to a nearby laboratory for processing, with the results expected in the next few hours.

In the meantime, all passengers have been asked to stay in their cabins while the results are pending.

“Guests are receiving meal deliveries in their cabins via room service and additional television and film options have been added to in-room programming,” said Princess Cruises.

“Guests have also been provided with free Internet service to keep in touch with their family and loved ones and the ship’s Internet bandwidth has been increased.”

FORMER HOSPITALIZED PASSENGERS

Mary Ellen Carroll, executive director of the San Francisco Emergency Management Department, said the ship’s next steps will be determined once the test results are confirmed.

Two passengers from Grand PrincessThe previous trip to Mexico was hospitalized with the virus in northern California, and two Canadians who recently sailed aboard the ship also tested positive after returning home, officials said.

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Another video posted on social media showed the ship’s staff wearing gloves and masks, spraying and cleaning surfaces.

“Spirits are as tall as they can be in these circumstances. We are fortunate to be healthy, comfortable and well fed, “wrote passenger Michele Smith on Facebook.

The ship belongs to Princess Cruises, the same company that operated the ship affected by the coronavirus Diamond Princess held Japan last month.

More than 3700 people were on that ship when a passenger emerged who had disembarked in Hong Kong later tested positive for the coronavirus.

The ship was immediately put on hold, with all the passengers having to remain mostly confined to their rooms for 14 days, but the virus continued to spread.

More than 620 cases of the disease have been confirmed on board – including several Australians – leading to speculation that the quarantine may have contributed to its spread.

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Cruise ship passengers “in limbo” off the coast of San Francisco awaiting coronavirus tests

(Reuters) – First, the food buffet was closed as gloved staff hurriedly cleaned all exposed surfaces. Then the gym, the bar, the casino and the boutiques of the ocean liner were closed, with passengers urged to keep themselves. In the end, they were confined to their cabins.

Once the captain announced that their ship could be contaminated with coronavirus, guests of the Grand Princess cruise ship like Kathleen Reid were left with little to do except contemplate the prospect of prolonged isolation at sea, or worse.

“My first reaction was,” Oh, shit. We’ll be quarantined and maybe we’ll get sick, “said Reid, 67, a retiree from Granbury, Texas.” We don’t know what’s going on, so we’re just in limbo, waiting. ”

Reid, who spoke with Reuters on his cell phone Thursday, was one of some 2,300 passengers stranded with around 1,100 crew members aboard the Grand Princess, idle off the coast of California the day after the ship was denied entry into the its home port in San Francisco.

California Governor Gavin Newsom insisted that the ship remains at sea until passengers and crew complaining of flu-like symptoms during a 15-day round-trip cruise to Hawaii could be tested for possible infection from coronavirus.

On Thursday, the U.S. Coast Guard carried a series of diagnostic kits on the plane by helicopter and public health officials said the collected samples would be sent to a state laboratory in San Francisco Bay for testing.

MORE THAN 100 TO TEST

Results were expected in about 24 hours, said Mary Ellen Carroll, executive director of the city’s emergency management department.

State and local officials acted after learning that 35 people on board the ship had fallen ill and that two passengers who had traveled on the same ship on a trip last month between San Francisco and Mexico subsequently tested positive for the coronavirus.

One, an elderly man from Placer County near Sacramento with underlying conditions, died this week, marking the first coronavirus-documented mortality in California. The other, coming from the bay area, has been described by Newsom as seriously ill.

Health officials say both people likely contracted the virus while on board the cruise ship, a cousin of the Diamond Princess cruise ship which was quarantined from Japan in February and was the largest concentration for some time. of coronavirus cases outside China.

About 700 people aboard the Diamond Princess were eventually infected with the virus and six died in a crisis that experts say was badly handled by bureaucrats who did not follow the appropriate protocols.

Airmen at Moffett Federal Airfield, 129th Rescue Wing deliver coronavirus test kits to the Grand Princess cruise ship off California, United States in this still image from a pantry video obtained by Reuters on March 5, 2020. National Guard of California / Dispensation through REUTERS

The Princess cruise line, a unit of Carnival Corp, the largest cruise operator in the world, said that less than 100 passengers and crew members from her Grand Princess’ Hawaii trip were identified for testing, including those who were sick.

Tests will also be conducted to dozens of passengers on the return journey from the trip to Mexico who have stayed on the ship for the trip to Hawaii, as well as “guests currently being treated for respiratory diseases,” the shipping company said in a statement. They will remain in quarantine on the ship until authorized by medical personnel.

Specialists from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were working with local health authorities and the Coast Guard to coordinate the operation.

They were also trying to contact around 2,500 passengers who landed in San Francisco on February 21 after the previous cruise to Mexico. One of them, a Canadian woman from Alberta province, tested positive for the virus this week, health officials said.

“SOCIAL DISTANCING”

Princess Cruises has canceled the next scheduled departure of her Grand Princess Hawaii trip from San Francisco, which was scheduled for March 7.

The passengers of the current cruise, meanwhile, have been forced to make do with a rapidly decreasing choice of entertainment.

Having already lost access to many of the ship’s favorite attractions – bars, casinos, shops, food buffets and gym – guests were also invited to practice “social distancing”, making an effort to keep at least 6 feet away from strangers on the ship, the company said. At noon on Thursday, they were asked to limit themselves to their cabins until further notice.

It wasn’t clear what would happen if someone on board the ship tested positive for the respiratory virus, which infected over 95,000 people worldwide, most of them in China, where the epidemic originated.

“Once the test results are obtained, the CDC and the state will determine the most appropriate location for the ship to dock and the location will need to ensure the safety of the surrounding community, as well as passengers and crew,” Carroll told reporters Thursday. .

He said the ship could be headed for a point of arrival other than San Francisco.

Reid, who travels with her husband, said the ship’s captain kept passengers informed of developments during the day with announcements every couple of hours, and that the other guests seemed to be taking the uncertainty especially about the pace.

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“People are, I’m sure, a little anxious, but no one has gone crazy yet,” Reid said, adding that he hadn’t seen any obvious signs of someone who was sick.

“Washing your hands is a big deal,” he said, but “nobody walks around sneezing or coughing.”

Reporting and writing by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Additional reports from Cath Turner in Los Angeles and Jane Lee in San Francisco; Curated by Bill Tarrant, Daniel Wallis and Simon Cameron-Moore

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Sunnyvale DPS – NBC Bay Area

Sunnyvale’s public security department reported that a 72-year-old patient who was recently on a cruise ship with passengers suspected of having coronavirus died on Thursday.

The agents performed CPR on the patient, who was unconscious and not breathing, but the patient did not survive, Sunnyvale DPS said.

The department later learned that the patient had been on a cruise with two passengers suspected of having the virus.

Phan Ngo, head of Sunnyvale’s DPS, said five agents who responded to the incident were quarantined for several hours out of great caution, but were released to return home late Thursday.

It was not immediately known whether the patient had the virus.

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Coronavirus test kits are flown on the neutral cruise ship off the coast of San Francisco

(Reuters) – Coronavirus test kits were handed over to an ocean liner Thursday at sea who were barred from returning to port in San Francisco after at least 35 people developed flu-like symptoms on board the ship. linked to two other confirmed cases of COVID -19.

Passengers on board the Grand Princess cruise ship, who previously carried two passengers who contracted the coronavirus, watch as an American military helicopter hovers over the bridge as they approach their original destination in San Francisco, California, USA. , March 5, 2020. Courtesy of Steve Berry / Handout via REUTERS

The sampling diagnostic kits were transported by helicopter on the Grand Princess cruise ship, which Californian governor Gavin Newsom said would be held in the open sea until passengers and crew who became ill could be tested for possible coronavirus infections.

The delivery operation was organized by the United States Coast Guard, according to Scott Pauley, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who is also helping to coordinate the effort.

He said a helicopter was carrying a batch of test kits on the ship and a photograph taken from the ship by a passenger and sent to Reuters showed a military helicopter descending near the ship.

The Grand Princess was due to return to San Francisco on Wednesday evening from a 15-day trip to and from Hawaii, with 2,383 passengers and 1,100 crew members, Mary Ellen Caroll, executive director of the city’s emergency management department, she reported. at a press conference on Thursday.

But Newsom acted to keep the ship from port after learning some people on board – 35 according to Carroll – had symptoms consistent with COVID-19, a respiratory disease that has infected more than 95,000 people worldwide, mostly in China. , where the virus originated.

Two passengers who traveled on the same ship on a trip last month between San Francisco and Mexico subsequently became ill and tested positive for coronavirus. Health officials say they probably contracted the disease on board the ship.

One, an elderly man from Placer County near Sacramento with basic health conditions, died this week, the first documented coronavirus death in California. The other, coming from the bay area, has been described by Newsom as seriously ill.

The Princess Cruise Line, a unit of Carnival Corp, the largest cruise operator in the world, said less than 100 passengers and crew members from the Hawaii trip were identified for testing, including those who were ill.

Dozens of “detained” passengers from the trip to Mexico who remained on the ship for the trip to Hawaii and “guests currently being treated for respiratory diseases” will also be tested, the shipping company said in a statement.

Pauley said the company is believed to be following CDC guidelines to quarantine symptomatic people until test results are returned, a process Carroll predicted would take about 24 hours.

According to Newsom, state health authorities, in collaboration with the CDC and local health authorities, were trying to contact around 2,500 passengers who were on the previous cruise to Mexico.

It was not immediately clear what would have happened if someone on board the ship was positive.

“Once the test results are obtained, the CDC and the state will determine the most appropriate location for the ship to dock and the location will need to ensure the safety of the surrounding community, as well as passengers and crew,” said Carroll reporters.

He said the ship could be headed for a point of arrival other than San Francisco.

On Wednesday the governor declared a statewide emergency in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

California health authorities confirmed 59 cases, second only to Washington state, where authorities documented 70.

The situation of the Grand Princess was reminiscent of the cruise ship Diamond Princess which was quarantined from Japan in February and was for a time the largest concentration of coronavirus cases outside China.

Some U.S. passengers on that ship were eventually repatriated to military bases in California for an extended quarantine.

Reporting and writing by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Additional reports from Cath Turner in Los Angeles and Jane Lee in San Francisco; Editing by Bill Tarrant and Daniel Wallis

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Four Australians on board amid fears of the coronavirus

Thousands of people, including four Australians, were stranded on a cruise ship off the coast of California after several passengers and crew members developed coronavirus symptoms.

The Grand Princess it was scheduled to travel from Hawaii to Mexico on Thursday and then to San Francisco, but has now been stopped to carry out tests on board for potentially infected ones.

A 71-year-old man who had been on the same ship on his previous trip to Mexico died after contracting COVID-19 disease, becoming the first fatal case in California, operator Princess Cruises and the governor of California said Gavin Newsom.

A state of emergency has now been declared in California as health officials await the results.

“We will fly test kits for the cruise ship and quickly send them back to a laboratory in Richmond, where we will test those samples very quickly – within a few hours – to determine whether these people may have contracted the COVID-19 virus,” Newsom said in a press conference.

The ship will not be able to dock until the test results are complete, he said.

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Princess Cruises said less than 100 passengers and crew would be tested. They included people who had flu-like symptoms and 62 passengers left on the previous trip to Mexico.

“Due to the abundance of caution, all guests who have been identified for testing have been asked to stay in their booths,” he said.

People who traveled on the previous cruise were also asked to contact their doctor if they develop fever or other symptoms.

Newsom said 11 passengers and 10 crew members of the current cruise could potentially be infected with the virus.

Nine reports report that 15 people have had the infection.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) said in a statement that it was aware of four Australians on board.

The ship holds around 2,500 passengers, in addition to the crew, Newsom said. According to the company’s website, the ship is manned by 1150 crew members.

CONNECTIONS TO THE DIAMOND PRINCESS

The Grand Princess belongs to Princess Cruises, the same company that operated the ship affected by the coronavirus Diamond Princess held Japan last month.

More than 3700 people were on that ship when a passenger emerged who had disembarked in Hong Kong later tested positive for the coronavirus.

The ship was immediately put on hold, with all the passengers having to remain mostly confined to their rooms for 14 days, but the virus continued to spread.

More than 620 cases of the disease have been confirmed on board – including several Australians – leading to speculation that the quarantine may have contributed to the spread.

For example, the crew delivered food, water and medicine to passengers in their cabins, potentially exposing themselves to the virus and helping to spread it.

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More than 160 Australians were eventually evacuated from the ship and then forced to undergo another two weeks of quarantine at a Howard Springs facility in Darwin.

Among the displaced were WA man James Kwan, 78, the first Australian to die of coronavirus.

In total, 10 people tested positive for the disease during the quarantine in Howard Springs.

– With wires

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Coronavirus: confirmed the fourth case in SA

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A fifth case of coronavirus has now been confirmed in SA.

A 24-year-old country woman is in stable condition in an Adelaide hospital after falling ill after traveling abroad.

The authorities are urgently investigating his past and his travel history.

They were already trying to retrace the steps of the fourth victim, a 40-year-old woman who arrived in Adelaide on Sunday from Iran, traveling to Kuala Lumpur.

She is currently being interviewed by SA Health officials before being admitted to an Adelaide subway hospital later Wednesday. Authorities said it would not be the Royal Adelaide Hospital, suggesting that the woman lives in the northern or southern suburbs.

Adelaide’s woman has a baby at home, which is now also being tested.

No information was immediately available on where he visited Iran, his suburb of residence, and whether any neighbors or neighbors had been informed or tested.

SA Health asked those traveling from Iran to isolate themselves.

Revealing the details at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon – a few hours after tests confirmed the case – the state’s chief public health officer, Professor Nicola Spurrier, said he would make public the details of his flight once confirmed .

Premier Steven Marshall and SA Health chief Nicola Spurrier. Image: Andrew Hough
media_cameraPremier Steven Marshall and SA Health chief Nicola Spurrier. Image: Andrew Hough

He asked anyone on the same flight to contact the authorities.

The interviews began to try to understand where the woman has been since she arrived home and with whom she has been in contact.

The woman is in stable condition.

Dr Spurrier, who was accompanied by Premier Steven Marshall and Health Minister Stephen Wade to the state parliament, urged those traveling from the Middle East to isolate themselves.

“I would say that since there have been a number of cases around Australia by people who have traveled from Iran if you have traveled from Iran in the past 14 days, if you could consider self-isolation and monitor your health carefully, “she said.

Eleven other South Australians are waiting for test results for coronavirus, up from three yesterday.

South Australia had three other coronavirus cases, all cured. Tests are pending for two other suspected cases.

A 24-year-old woman released by the RAH on Tuesday had traveled alone on the Diamond Princess cruise ship and was allowed to join a Qantas evacuation flight to Darwin, but felt bad during the flight and tests in Darwin on February 20 have shown that he had the infection.

She was flown to Adelaide and held in solitary confinement in the RAH with mild symptoms.

A Chinese couple who arrived from China was diagnosed and then released from quarantine to the RAH last month.

The advertiser this week revealed that they were doctors from the Wuhan virus epicenter.

Moves are underway to bring students from China who are 11 and 12 years old to Adelaide, provided they are subjected to isolation for 14 days.

The Legislative Council on Tuesday approved new powers to arrest quarantined patients.

And pharmacists have been told that coronavirus isn’t worrying enough to allow patients to request multiple scripts to fill the same drugs.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt also announced new travel restrictions due to the outbreak.

AND THERE’S MORE

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Sonoma County health officials announce the second probable Coronavirus case – NBC Bay Area

The Sonoma County Department of Health Services confirmed Monday
an alleged positive case of the new coronavirus in the county.

A positive presumptive case is defined as probable
positive for the virus and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will
conduct another test to confirm the diagnosis, the Department of Health Services
She said.

If confirmed, it will be the second case of the virus announced by the county since last Tuesday.

Local, state and federal health agencies are identifying people
the most recent patient had contact with before being hospitalized, county
officials said.

The patient in the alleged positive case was at sea
cruise between San Francisco and Mexico and was in the county for 10 days.
The patient has symptoms of the virus and is in stable condition in a
isolation room in a hospital, said the department of health services.

Last Tuesday, Sonoma County health service officials
confirmed a case of coronavirus in a patient being treated at a hospital in
county.

That patient was among the displaced in the United States from the contaminated Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan, who were flown to the Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, then taken to a hospital in Sonoma County. The Department of Health Services said the patient had not been infected in Sonoma County. Further details on that person were not disclosed.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend these seven tips to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In response to the presence of the coronavirus, he declared the county
a local public health emergency and a local emergency. Both statements will
be examined for ratification by the Board of Supervisors at a meeting of this type
week.

“This recent alleged positive case of COVID-19 is a
cause for concern and the county is declaring the activation of these emergencies
and deploy resources to adequately respond to an increase in cases ”
Health care worker Celeste Philip said.

“They will allow us to work in tandem with our cities
and healthcare professionals to ensure that we are ready to fight an outbreak of
COVID-19 in our communities, “said Philip.

The county is waiting for test kits for the virus that will
be used in his public health laboratory.

County residents should contact a health care provider if
have symptoms including fever and cough or who have had close contact
someone with symptoms who have returned from China, Italy, Iran in the past 14 days,
Japan or South Korea, said the Department of Health Services.

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Second US case of person who received a virus from the community – NBC Bay Area

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Health officials have confirmed the second case of new coronavirus in the United States that is believed to have been passed on to a person who has not traveled internationally or has come into close contact with whoever had it.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that officials are “aware of a second possible example of the spread of the COVID-19 community in California.” The CDC stated in a statement that the patient has given positive results to the virus and is considered an alleged positive case.

San Jose health officials said the patient was an older adult woman with chronic health conditions who had no travel history or known contact with a traveler or an infected person. It comes a day after state officials stated that a woman hospitalized at the UC Davis Health Center in Sacramento had contracted the disease after no known contact.

“This new case indicates that there is evidence of community transmission, but the extent is not yet clear,” said Dr. Sara Cody, Santa Clara County Health Officer and director of the County Health Department. Santa Clara.

Public health officer from Solano County, Dr Bela Matyas, said public health officials identified dozens of people, but fewer than 100, who had close contact with the woman. They are quarantined in their homes. and some who have shown symptoms are isolated, Matyas said.

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On Friday, health officials confirmed another case of the new coronavirus in Northern California, raising the count the day after health officials revealed that the first case in the United States was believed to have been passed on to a person who was not traveling on the level. international or whoever had it wasn’t in close contact.

Santa Clara County Public Health Department spokesman Maury Kendall said the person was isolated at home and further details would be given on Friday.

The day before, public health officials had hooked the number of people in California with the virus to 33 years after investigators announced that a woman hospitalized in Sacramento had contracted him.

Residents of the community where the woman first went to the hospital in Vacaville are at the epicenter of what officials are calling a breakthrough in the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus,

As infectious disease experts opened up in Vacaville, some residents of the city of 100,000 stocked up amid fears, things could get worse despite official reassurances, while others took it slow.

Vacaville is located between San Francisco and Sacramento in Solano County, in the central agricultural valley and close to the famous California wine region.

It is located approximately 10 miles (16 kilometers) from Travis Air Force Base, which was used as a virus quarantine location. Public health officials said they could not find any links between the infected woman and the passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship who were evacuated to the base when the ship was docked in Japan.

The case of the infected woman marks an escalation of the global epidemic in the United States because it means that the virus could spread beyond the scope of preventive measures such as quarantine, even if state health officials have stated that it was inevitable and that the risk of a diffuse transmission remains low.

California public health officials reported on Friday that 8,700 people are self-monitoring after arriving on commercial flights from China through Los Angeles and San Francisco. It is from 8,400 that Governor Gavin Newsom quoted Thursday, although officials said that the number increases every day as more flights arrive.

Public health officer from Solano County, Dr Bela Matyas, said public health officials identified dozens of people – but fewer than 100 – who had close contact with the woman. They are quarantined in their homes and some who have shown symptoms are isolated, Matyas said.

Officials are not too concerned, for now, about occasional contact, because federal officials think coronavirus only spreads through “close contact, being less than a meter away from someone for what they call an extended period of time”, said Dr. James Watt, interim state epidemiologist at the California Department of Public Health.

The virus can cause fever, cough, wheezing and pneumonia. Health officials think it mainly spreads from the droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to the spread of the flu.

“I will definitely wear my mask and gloves at work because I am a server,” said bowling worker Denise Arriaga of Vacaville, who said she doesn’t care if she is criticized for additional precautions.

“At the end of the day, it’s my life,” he said.

The woman first sought treatment at Vacaville North VacayValley Hospital in Vacaville before her condition worsened and was transferred to the medical center.

The confusion about how quickly she was tested for coronavirus was about McKinsey Paz, who works for a private security company in Vacaville. The company has already accumulated 450 face masks and is attempting additional “since they are difficult to find”. The company owner purchased enough cleaning and disinfectant products to clean up the office and ship them home with employees.

But they seemed to be at an extreme for preparations.

Eugenia Kendall wore a face mask, but she feared anything, including the common cold. His immune system is compromised because he is undergoing chemotherapy and has been taking such precautions for some time.

“We are not paranoid. We are just trying to be practical,” said 31-year-old husband Ivan Kendall. “We clean the shopping carts if they have them, and when I get back in the car I clean my hands – and I only hope for the best.”

In their investigation into the hospitalized woman’s movements, officials were trying to figure out how she had taken it and who else it might have inadvertently infected.

They are interviewing immediate family members and expanding their network to include more distant family members who may have been in contact, social gatherings such as the church the patient may have attended and any possible time spent at work or events such as a concert.

In addition to the woman, all the other 59 cases in the United States were for people who traveled abroad or had close contact with others who traveled.

Previous cases in the United States included 14 people who had returned from epidemic areas in China or their spouses; three people who were evacuated from the city of Wuhan in central China; and 42 American passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

The global tally of those affected by the virus hovered around 83,000 on Friday and caused over 2,800 deaths, most of them in China.

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Beam reported from Sacramento, California.

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