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First Bay Area case of coronavirus confirmed in Santa Clara County



The first Bay Area case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Santa Clara County, according to the CBS affiliate in San Francisco.

KPIX reports that the Santa Clara County Public Health Department received confirmation that an adult male resident tested positive Friday.

Health officials said the CDC notified them Friday that a man who had previously traveled to Wuhan, China and came back through the San Jose airport became sick after returning home. They said he self-isolated when he returned to Santa Clara County and only left to get medical treatment. He was not sick enough to be hospitalized and is in isolation at home. They did not say where he received treatment.

In Monterey County, three people were tested for the novel coronavirus. All three tests came back negative.

The virus was first detected in Wuhan, China as a respiratory illness in December 2019, according to the CDC. It is part of a large family of viruses. The CDC said it considers the novel coronavirus a very serious public health threat, but the risk to the general American public is considered low at this time.

Symptoms of the disease include fever, cough and shortness of breath, and it can appear in as few as two days or as many as 14.

There is currently a travel notice in effect for those planning to visit China. It is at warning level 3, so the CDC recommends avoiding all nonessential travel to the area.

Avery Johnson

Avery Johnson is the Digital Content Director at KION News Channel 5/46.


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