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SAN BENITO COUNTY, Calif. — According to the San Benito County Public Health Department, there are two confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the county.
According to public health officials, the confirmed cases are a husband and wife pair. They are both 57 years old. The husband recently traveled from Wuhan, China and the wife picked up the virus from her husband. Both patients have not left their home since returning to China.
These new patients bring the total number of confirmed cases to 11 in the United States, six of those cases are in California.
Some key points noted by the San Benito County Health Department:
- If you have not been to China, or been in close contact with someone who has been to China and is sick, your risk is very low.
- CDC guidance indicates that people who have casual contact with a case (in the same grocery store or movie theater) are at minimal risk of developing infection. If you have recently been to China and feel sick, please…
- Stay home and avoid contact with others.
- Contact your doctor’s office or emergency room and tell them about your recent travels and symptoms.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
San Benito County Public Health Services said it is in consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Department of Public Health.
“We continue to monitor the situation closely to protect the health of San Benito County residents and limit the spread of this virus,” said Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, San Benito County Health Officer. “We are working closely with Bay Area health officials, local health care providers and community partners.”
The coronavirus is a viral respiratory illness that was first identified in Wuhan.
The first case of person-to-person spread in the United States was reported in late January.
Similar to other viral infections, coronavirus is spread through droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
American doctors have been saying that the average American should be more worried about the flu than the coronavirus, infecting 15 million Americans this season alone.
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