Second case of coronavirus confirmed in Santa Clara County

Dr. Sara Cody, Santa Clara County health officer, speaks at a news conference on Friday about the first coronavirus case in the county. AP photo.

• Second case not related to first

• ‘We will likely see more cases’

• Both had traveled to China

Health officials this afternoon confirmed a second case of coronavirus in Santa Clara County, but they said the public shouldn’t be alarmed.

The newest incidence, involving an adult woman, is not related to the first case, but both involve people who recently traveled to Wuhan, China.

The woman “is a visitor to this county and arrived Jan. 23 to visit family,” the Santa Clara County Public Health Department said in an announcement. She has stayed home since she arrived, except for two times to seek outpatient medical care. She has been regularly monitored and was never sick enough to be hospitalized.”

Family members of the woman have also been isolated and are not leaving their home, officials said.

“I understand that people are concerned, but based on what we know today, the risk to general public remains low,” said Dr. Sara Cody, Santa Clara County health officer.

“A second case is not unexpected,” Cody said. “With our large population and the amount of travel to China for both personal and business reasons, we will likely see more cases, including close contacts to our cases.”

Officials are recommending that people “engage in their regular activities and practice good health hygiene since this is the height of flu season. Healthy people should not be excluded from activities based on their race, country of origin, or recent travel. Anyone with respiratory symptoms, such as a cough, sore throat, or fever, should stay home, practice proper cough etiquette and hand hygiene, and limit their contact with other people.”

A Santa Clara County man on Friday was confirmed as the first Bay Area case of the novel coronavirus.

The man’s name and city of residence were not released. But he traveled to Wuhan, China, and Shanghai before returning home to Santa Clara County via the San Jose Mineta International Airport on Jan. 24.

— Bay City News

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