First coronavirus case confirmed in Santa Clara County

A Santa Clara County man is the first confirmed Bay Area case of the coronavirus, which has killed 213 people in China since first spreading to humans in December, county public health officials said this afternoon.

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department announced the case at about 1:30 p.m. but offered few other details.

They’re not saying what city he is from, which means the case could have occurred anywhere in the county, from Gilroy to Palo Alto, from San Jose to Los Gatos.

Earlier Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website listed the number of positive cases in the U.S. at 6, with 121 cases awaiting lab results.

The Santa Clara County case would bring the total number of U.S. cases to 7.

The virus, which causes flu-like symptoms, is thought to have spread from animals to humans, perhaps at a large seafood and animal market in Wuhan, China.

Since first appearing, the virus has sickened at least 9,692 people in China, killing 213, according to the National Health Commission of the People’s Republic China.

The commission also reported 4,812 new suspected cases, bringing the total number of suspected infections to 15,238.

The World Health Organization yesterday declared the outbreak an emergency. WHO said there were 82 confirmed cases in 18 countries outside of China.

— From staff and wire reports


  1. The county public health people did such a bang up job handling the suicide cluster, I can’t wait to see how they mess this crisis up. Anyone want to bet that we’ll have 100 cases a week from now, and a 1,000 a week after that.

  2. can’t believe people are making a run to the hardware stores and pharmacies to buy N95 masks that experts say won’t keep you from getting the virus. Its spread from person to person. Use common sense and wash your hands frequently and avoid touching objects other sick people might have touched. On the other hand if there should be a need for these mask they will have plenty on hand if they are constructing, remodeling or anything that creates dust. Ever since 9/11 the whole world seems to freak out when something happens that they don’t understand how to handle the situation. As for me I am not worried. I wash my hands try to avoid crowned places when I travel, use my sweater or jacket to open doors,handles and anything I might have to push like elevator buttons I used my sleeves. I make it a point not to touch objects with my bare hands. FDR said people have nothing to fear but fear itself And it seems they are letting take over their lives rather then using common sense. If your sick don’t go to work or to school. Just stay home and don’t infect other people by couphing and sneezing on them. Just like all the pandemics of the past this virus to shall also pass. Chill out people. Its not the end of the world.

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