- US coronavirus case total hits 63, 2nd case ‘of unknown origin’ confirmed
- US issues travel advisory for Italy
- Italy says first case discovered in Lazio
- Google says employee who visited Zurich office has coronavirus
- France confirms 57 cases
- Italy reports 3 deaths in Lombardy; nat’l toll now 21; total cases 821
- Google employee tests positive for coronavirus after visiting Zurich office
- British man becomes 6th ‘Diamond Princess’ passenger to die
- Two Japanese dogs tested positive for coronavirus
- Mulvaney says school closures, transit disruptions may happen in US
- Dr. Tedros said Friday that there’s no evidence of ‘community outbreak’
- Mexico confirms 1st virus case
- Fauci warns virus could take ‘two years’ to develop
- Kudlow says “no higher priority” than the “health of the American people
- Toronto confirms another case
- WHO says 20 vaccines in development
- St. Louis Fed’s Bullard pours cold water on market hopes
- Netherlands confirms 2 more
- United cuts flights to Japan
- Advisor to CDC says shortage of tests in US creating a “bottleneck”
- Nigeria confirms first case in sub-saharan africa
- SK reports more than 1,000 new cases in under 48 hours
- Italy cases surpass 700
- WHO says virus will ‘soon be in all countries’
The Santa Clara Public Health Department confirmed Friday the nation’s second coronavirus patient with no relevant travel history or clear link to another infected person or at-risk group, indicating that the virus may be spreading undetected in local communities.
“This new case indicates that there is evidence of community transmission but the extent is still not clear,” Dr. Sara Cody, director of the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department, said in a statement Friday. “I understand this may be concerning to hear, but this is what we have been preparing for. Now we need to start taking additional actions to slow down the spread of the disease.”
The new case brings the total number of coronavirus cases in California to 10 and the total number of cases in the U.S. to at least 63.
“We also don’t have any evidence to suggest this case is linked to any other case in California,” Cody told reporters at a press conference. There are two other cases in the county, the health department said. But this one is different because the patient, an elderly woman, doesn’t have a travel history or any known contact with a traveler or infected person.
Cody said local schools should plan for students calling out sick and “explore options for tele-learning and enhance surface cleaning.” She added that the department of public health started conducting a contact investigation after receiving the test results from the woman last night and has been working closely with the state and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“We’re conducting a traditional contact investigation as we do for an infectious disease, which means tracing all the places that the person may have been while infectious,” Cody said. “We are especially concerned about people who might be a high risk contact, like if they were a household member for example,” Cody said.
U.S. health officials confirmed Wednesday the first suspected community transmission case in the U.S. — a resident of Solano County who’s receiving medical care in Sacramento County. A day prior, the city of San Francisco declared a local emergency to prepare for the spread of infections, although there had no recorded cases at the time.
U.S. California Governor Gavin Newsom said Thursday that the state is currently monitoring more than 8,400 people for the coronavirus. He added that California health officials have 200 testing kits on hand and will be receiving more over the next few days.
A bulk of the 63 confirmed cases in the U.S. are people who were evacuated from Wuhan, China or the Diamond Princess cruise ship that was quarantined off the coast of Japan.
As of Friday, there have been 4,351 cases and 67 deaths across at least 48 countries outside China, where the outbreak began, WHO Director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters during a press conference.