Here is the latest information that was just sent out from the Orange County Department of Education regarding a confirmed case of novela coronavirus in Orange County. The message in its entirety is below:
The Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) has issued an update on the novel coronavirus outbreak that originated in China.
The agency confirmed over the weekend that a man in his 50s had tested positive for the virus in Orange County after traveling to Wuhan, China. There is no evidence that person-to-person transmission has occurred within the county, and OCHCA officials say the risk of infection to the public is believed to be low.
Similar guidance from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that people who have casual contact with a case — examples include being in the same grocery store or movie theater — are at minimal risk of developing an infection.
Meanwhile, there are proven ways to stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses, including influenza.
The HCA said it provided guidance to the traveler upon his arrival in the US to reduce exposure to the public while they awaited lab results from the CDC. The man is currently in good condition at a local hospital, where he is being treated in isolation.
The first known cases of 2019-nCoV — short for "2019 novel coronavirus" — were reported in December in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as MERS. A novel coronavirus — often shown as "nCoV" — is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
In consultation with the CDC and the California Department of Public Health, the HCA said it was following up directly with all individuals who have had close contact with the case and are at risk of infection.
We’ll continue to post as we hear more. For the latest updates, visit www.ochealthinfo.com.
Cindy Vyskocil, Ed.D.
Irvine Valley College