Well being officers in Sacramento confirmed the county’s first case of novel coronavirus in an grownup who lately returned from a visit to China. The affected person returned to the U.S. on Feb. 2 and had been beneath self-quarantine till creating delicate signs.
In keeping with a information launch, the affected person’s well being care supplier labored with the Sacramento County Public Well being to coordinate testing with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention and the California Division of Public Well being. It was not clear when the affected person examined optimistic for the virus, however officers mentioned the affected person is presently asymptomatic and can stay house in necessary isolation “till cleared by Sacramento County Public Well being.”
Officers mentioned that at this level, the general public’s threat of publicity stays “extraordinarily low.”
“Circumstances within the U.S. together with this primary case in Sacramento County, have primarily been travel-related,” Dr. Peter Beilenson, the well being division’s director, mentioned. “The chance of COVID-19 to the U.S. public continues to be low. Sacramento County well being suppliers are persevering with to be vigilant, monitoring for acute respiratory sickness, and gathering current journey data to detect any new COVID-19 instances.”
The newly confirmed case was not talked about throughout a CDC telebriefing held on Friday, the place officers mentioned they are going to be counting instances involving passengers who have been evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship individually from different travel-related instances. At the least 11 of the American evacuees who had been quarantined on the ship have examined optimistic for the virus, with officers warning that extra instances might be anticipated. These instances should not included within the 15 others that had been confirmed in Individuals who have been both evacuated from or had lately traveled to China.
The virus has contaminated over 76,000 individuals worldwide, though nearly all of instances stay in mainland China. At the least 2,250 have died, together with a 29-year-old physician in China who had allegedly delay his marriage ceremony to be able to assist deal with sufferers.
Officers in South Korea have reported a pointy uptick in instances, with the nation deciding to close faculties and cancel mass gatherings in an try and cease the unfold. As of Friday, officers reported two deaths and over 204 instances, which marks a steep rise from simply two days earlier.
“We have now entered an emergency part,” Prime Minister Chung Se-kyun mentioned in televised feedback in the beginning of a authorities assembly on the well being emergency. “Our efforts till now had been targeted on blocking the sickness from coming into the nation. However we’ll now shift the give attention to stopping the sickness from spreading additional in native communities.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.