Published: February 13, 2020
The Department of Health Services (DHS) is working closely with other Bay Area health departments, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to closely monitor the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Currently, the risk for being infected with 2019 novel coronavirus in the U.S. remains low.
The CDC has closely monitored an outbreak of coronavirus from China since early January and has declared a public health emergency for the US. The first reported instance of human-to-human spread was reported in the US on January 30. To date, there are 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States, eight of these are in California: two in Santa Clara County, two in San Benito County, one in Los Angeles County, one in Orange County and two in San Diego County.
Coronavirus Testing Now in California
On February 6, 2020, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that 16 laboratories, including the state's Viral and Rickettsial Disease Laboratory (VRDL) in Richmond will soon be able to perform testing for the novel coronavirus. This service will provide more rapid results
For more, see: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR20-004.aspx
At this time, residents of the Bay Area are still at low risk of becoming infected with COVID-19, unless they have recently traveled to Wuhan or have come in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with novel coronavirus. The response to coronavirus is evolving quickly, and much is still unknown. However, we do know that other common cold and flu viruses are circulating in Sonoma County. We urge everyone to practice good hygiene such as washing hands frequently, not touching your eyes/face, coughing or sneezing into your sleeved elbow, and staying home when ill. If you have not received your flu shot yet, it’s not too late; annual flu shots are the best protection from flu, which still sickens and kills thousands of people in the U.S. every year.
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U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory for China: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/china-travel-advisory.html