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Man tests positive for coronavirus in Santa Clara County

County public health leaders: Resident isolated himself in his home

UPDATE: A second case of coronavirus was reported in Santa Clara County on Sunday, Feb. 2. Read our latest story here.

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A man has tested positive for coronavirus in Santa Clara County, marking the first local case of the disease that has become widespread, the county's Public Health Department announced Friday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the man, who lives in the county, had coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan City, China and has been found in other countries, including the U.S. The Santa Clara County case is the first reported in the Bay Area and the seventh in the nation.

Coronavirus, better known as "novel coronavirus," is a respiratory illness that has been reportedly linked to a seafood and animal market in Wuhan but has since been passed between people, according to the CDC. Symptoms of coronavirus include fever, cough and shortness of breath that appear two to 14 days after exposure.

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Public Health Director Dr. Sara Cody said during a press conference on Friday afternoon that the man arrived from China on Jan. 24 at the Mineta San Jose International Airport and immediately isolated himself at home. He became ill after his return. He had been traveling in China and had been to Wuhan and Shanghai, Cody said.

The man stayed in his home and only left on two occasions to seek medical attention at a local medical clinic and hospital where he received outpatient care. Cody declined to identify what medical facility he went to or what city he lives in. He was never sick enough to require hospitalization, she added.

The man had few contacts with others during his trip back to the U.S., potentially airline employees, medical center staff and household members, Cody said. County health officials are working to identify who he came into contact with and to monitor them while they remain in self-isolation for 14 days. aa

"We're quite lucky in this case that the list of contacts is very short," she said.

So far, there are no cases of human-to-human transmission of the disease in California, she said. One case was recently found to have been transmitted in Illinois between spouses.

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"We understand that this news may be concerning, but based on what we know today, the risk to residents of our community remains low. This news is not unexpected. Santa Clara County has the largest population in the Bay Area, and many of our residents travel for both personal and business reasons," Cody said.

"We've been preparing for this possibility for weeks," she said.

When people are required to be in isolation, they can be watched in one of two ways: by a family member or, if there is no one, they can mobilize public resources to support the person, she said.

Cody stressed that there is much still unknown about this strain of coronavirus, hence, it is called "novel." She warned the public to take precautions to stay at home if they are ill and to seek medical care. Everyone should be vaccinated for the flu, which is still circulating and has similar symptoms to the novel coronavirus.

"We know we have 36,000 deaths from influenza in the United States every year," she said. It's far more likely for people to become sickened by the flu, she added.

In January, the Public Health Department activated its Emergency Operations Center to provide regular communications to the public and providers and to handle reports of potential novel coronavirus infection.

The situation is rapidly changing, so the public is encouraged to visit the Public Health Department's website for updated local information at sccphd.org/coronavirus. The CDC has more information about novel coronavirus that can be found here.

Find comprehensive coverage on the Midpeninsula's response to the new coronavirus by the Almanac, Mountain View Voice and Palo Alto Online here.

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Man tests positive for coronavirus in Santa Clara County

County public health leaders: Resident isolated himself in his home

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Fri, Jan 31, 2020, 1:46 pm
Updated: Fri, Jan 31, 2020, 3:08 pm

UPDATE: A second case of coronavirus was reported in Santa Clara County on Sunday, Feb. 2. Read our latest story here.

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A man has tested positive for coronavirus in Santa Clara County, marking the first local case of the disease that has become widespread, the county's Public Health Department announced Friday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the man, who lives in the county, had coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan City, China and has been found in other countries, including the U.S. The Santa Clara County case is the first reported in the Bay Area and the seventh in the nation.

Coronavirus, better known as "novel coronavirus," is a respiratory illness that has been reportedly linked to a seafood and animal market in Wuhan but has since been passed between people, according to the CDC. Symptoms of coronavirus include fever, cough and shortness of breath that appear two to 14 days after exposure.

Public Health Director Dr. Sara Cody said during a press conference on Friday afternoon that the man arrived from China on Jan. 24 at the Mineta San Jose International Airport and immediately isolated himself at home. He became ill after his return. He had been traveling in China and had been to Wuhan and Shanghai, Cody said.

The man stayed in his home and only left on two occasions to seek medical attention at a local medical clinic and hospital where he received outpatient care. Cody declined to identify what medical facility he went to or what city he lives in. He was never sick enough to require hospitalization, she added.

The man had few contacts with others during his trip back to the U.S., potentially airline employees, medical center staff and household members, Cody said. County health officials are working to identify who he came into contact with and to monitor them while they remain in self-isolation for 14 days. aa

"We're quite lucky in this case that the list of contacts is very short," she said.

So far, there are no cases of human-to-human transmission of the disease in California, she said. One case was recently found to have been transmitted in Illinois between spouses.

"We understand that this news may be concerning, but based on what we know today, the risk to residents of our community remains low. This news is not unexpected. Santa Clara County has the largest population in the Bay Area, and many of our residents travel for both personal and business reasons," Cody said.

"We've been preparing for this possibility for weeks," she said.

When people are required to be in isolation, they can be watched in one of two ways: by a family member or, if there is no one, they can mobilize public resources to support the person, she said.

Cody stressed that there is much still unknown about this strain of coronavirus, hence, it is called "novel." She warned the public to take precautions to stay at home if they are ill and to seek medical care. Everyone should be vaccinated for the flu, which is still circulating and has similar symptoms to the novel coronavirus.

"We know we have 36,000 deaths from influenza in the United States every year," she said. It's far more likely for people to become sickened by the flu, she added.

In January, the Public Health Department activated its Emergency Operations Center to provide regular communications to the public and providers and to handle reports of potential novel coronavirus infection.

The situation is rapidly changing, so the public is encouraged to visit the Public Health Department's website for updated local information at sccphd.org/coronavirus. The CDC has more information about novel coronavirus that can be found here.

Find comprehensive coverage on the Midpeninsula's response to the new coronavirus by the Almanac, Mountain View Voice and Palo Alto Online here.

Comments

resident
Downtown North
on Jan 31, 2020 at 2:16 pm
resident, Downtown North
on Jan 31, 2020 at 2:16 pm
14 people like this

The recommended precautions are the same as for avoiding the flu. Wash your hands frequently. Don't touch your face or food with unwashed hands. Don't go to work (or to social gatherings) if you are sick and encourage friends and coworkers to stay home if they are sick. Cough or sneeze into your sleeve, not the open air or into your hands.

Don't be paranoid. You are still much more likely to die of the flu than the coronavirus.


Are you listening RWC!!!!
Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 31, 2020 at 2:47 pm
Are you listening RWC!!!!, Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 31, 2020 at 2:47 pm
34 people like this

RWC will be playing a role in the spread of this virus if they insist on holding their huge lunar NY party. This is the exact kind of event the CDC is telling people to avoid.

WTH RWC!?!?


Neighbor
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 31, 2020 at 4:06 pm
Neighbor, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 31, 2020 at 4:06 pm
5 people like this

We will be fortunate if there aren’t any cases in Alameda County, also.
Silicon Valley professionals travel often to/from Wuhan for work and personal travel.
The self isolation was slow to get going. Hopefully, we will get past the potential incubation and transmission period (w/o symptoms).


SuperWoke
Mountain View
on Jan 31, 2020 at 5:02 pm
SuperWoke, Mountain View
on Jan 31, 2020 at 5:02 pm
27 people like this

I wish I knew which city, health care provider, and grocery store.


Resident
another community
on Jan 31, 2020 at 6:12 pm
Resident, another community
on Jan 31, 2020 at 6:12 pm
5 people like this

They canceled Chinese New Year celebrations in Vancouver, B.C.


Downfall
Fairmeadow
on Jan 31, 2020 at 6:24 pm
Downfall, Fairmeadow
on Jan 31, 2020 at 6:24 pm
43 people like this

How can they say he had few contact with others on the trip back? Aren't there a lot of people on the same plane as him potentially exposed due to being in such a confide space for a long time?

I cannot believe the US govt has not stopped all air traffic to/from China, should have been done at least a week ago.


Resident
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 31, 2020 at 7:48 pm
Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 31, 2020 at 7:48 pm
20 people like this

Wet markets are in all Asian and SE Asian countries.
Less so in Singapore, and I never saw one in Japan.
Eating bats is considered a delicacy by many people.
I knew it was wrong for many reasons, but one minority ex-pat does not have a lot of power.
Hopefully this outbreak will help raise awareness of the capture, sale, and consumption of wild and often endangered species.


Dillon
Stanford
on Jan 31, 2020 at 8:09 pm
Dillon, Stanford
on Jan 31, 2020 at 8:09 pm
42 people like this

Ban all flights coming from China. We know where the infection is coming from - why don't we stop it now!


HUTCH 7.62
Portola Valley
on Jan 31, 2020 at 10:21 pm
HUTCH 7.62, Portola Valley
on Jan 31, 2020 at 10:21 pm
4 people like this

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Karen
Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Feb 1, 2020 at 8:47 am
Karen, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Feb 1, 2020 at 8:47 am
14 people like this

Why is the Santa Clara county patient not being quarantined in a hospital or other professional facility like ALL THE OTHER CORONAVIRUS CASES IN THE US? Self quarantine is difficult to control. Who will provide food etc.? How about his housekeeping members and kids (who are still going to school)?


Karen
Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Feb 1, 2020 at 8:49 am
Karen, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Feb 1, 2020 at 8:49 am
6 people like this

Autocorrect typo, I meant: How about his household members and kids (who are still going to school)?


Annette
College Terrace
on Feb 1, 2020 at 10:04 am
Annette, College Terrace
on Feb 1, 2020 at 10:04 am
6 people like this

"Those potential contacts were airline employees, medical center staff and household members, she said."

Was this man the only passenger on a private jet?

I think PAMF's flu shot clinics ended yesterday but a simple Google search about where to get a shot will bring up numerous options. Can't hurt to get one.


Resident
another community
on Feb 1, 2020 at 1:32 pm
Resident, another community
on Feb 1, 2020 at 1:32 pm
1 person likes this

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Fred
Adobe-Meadow
on Feb 1, 2020 at 2:44 pm
Fred, Adobe-Meadow
on Feb 1, 2020 at 2:44 pm
8 people like this

""She warned the public to take precautions to stay at home if they are ill ..."

Tell that to the sick (mostly immigrants) who wear a mask in public rather than stay at home until they are healthy again."
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Tell that to the employees of one large San Jose computer manufacturer founded by an Asian American imigrant. The founders culture is for everyone to work hard, even when sick. A number of employees have returned from Wuhan and came back to work at the SJ headquarters, coughing up a storm. No self quarantine for these types of work-aholics. I'll bet money that company will have multiple confirmed cases in the next two weeks.


The New MBA
Stanford
on Feb 1, 2020 at 3:57 pm
The New MBA, Stanford
on Feb 1, 2020 at 3:57 pm
13 people like this

>> Tell that to the employees of one large San Jose computer manufacturer founded by an Asian American immigrant. The founders culture is for everyone to work hard, even when sick. A number of employees have returned from Wuhan and came back to work at the SJ headquarters, coughing up a storm. No self quarantine for these types of work-aholics. I'll bet money that company will have multiple confirmed cases in the next two weeks.

^^^ Perhaps, but productivity in general will remain at a high level (for the time being) & corporate profits will exceed all expectations.

The Chinese-inspired manufacturing model has come to America and besides, there are countless new workers willing to immigrate from the mainland to work here.

Various 'specialized' work visas + underground indentured servitude agreements provide the manpower needs.

Once again, America finds itself behind the eight-ball.




Born in the U.S.A.
Crescent Park
on Feb 1, 2020 at 5:57 pm
Born in the U.S.A., Crescent Park
on Feb 1, 2020 at 5:57 pm
6 people like this

The media is doing a good job of not publicizing names, the last thing we need is xenophobia. I am Chinese, born in the Bay Area, graduated from PAUSD. I don't want people fearing me, I have never even visited Asia and my friends do not travel to Asia. As another article mentioned, Chinese New Year events are being cancelled. Asians are staying home, they don't want to be infected either.

I do have Chinese immigrant friends on social media and they are fearful of the coronavirus. When you see an Asian wearing a mask in town, it's because they are fearful of the virus, not because they have a virus. And they see masks all over Asia so they think that is the thing to do, they have not assimilated yet, that takes a generation.

61,200 died in 2018-19 from influenza but there are those who still don't make the effort to get the flu shot:

"In total, the CDC estimates that up to 42.9 million people got sick during the 2018-2019 flu season, 647,000 people were hospitalized and 61,200 died" Web Link


Helen
Downtown North
on Feb 1, 2020 at 6:47 pm
Helen, Downtown North
on Feb 1, 2020 at 6:47 pm
9 people like this

"In total, the CDC estimates that up to 42.9 million people got sick during the 2018-2019 flu season, 647,000 people were hospitalized and 61,200 died"

Yes, but that flue death rate for the numbers youve given is 0.14% or a little over 1 person in 1000. there is a vaccine.

Corona death rate is currently over 1 in 50. And there is no vaccine.


The country is in the throes of an outbreak of a new form of coronavirus, which has thus far sickened nearly 10,000 people and killed more than 200, according to the CDC.


Web Link



Karen
Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Feb 1, 2020 at 7:40 pm
Karen, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Feb 1, 2020 at 7:40 pm
11 people like this

Fred that is scary. This is why self quarantining is a joke. It relies on the compliance of the individual and even if they genuinely want to comply, it requires proper training on the procedures for isolation from fellow household members who are still going to work, school, etc.


Questions
College Terrace
on Feb 1, 2020 at 7:51 pm
Questions, College Terrace
on Feb 1, 2020 at 7:51 pm
15 people like this

I have the same questions as @Karen. In the rest of the US, there is mandatory/involuntary quarantine for anyone who has recently been in Wuhan because they *might* have come into contact with someone who had the virus. But in this article, we now have someone in Santa Clara county who actually has the virus, and they are only required to self quarantine. Something doesn't seem correct.


Resident
another community
on Feb 2, 2020 at 12:01 am
Resident, another community
on Feb 2, 2020 at 12:01 am
10 people like this

China is also dealing with yet another virus - H5N1 in Hunan province.
They are culling chickens right now.
Although not common in people, it can be passed from infected birds to humans.
There was a case brought into Canada in Jan 2014 from a traveler from China.
The CDC reports it has a 60% fatality rate.

Web Link

SCMP
Web Link

With both viruses, things can change over time, as mutations occur.

Globalization with air travel has exacerbated the transmission of all these viruses.


DC
South of Midtown
on Feb 2, 2020 at 12:16 am
DC, South of Midtown
on Feb 2, 2020 at 12:16 am
11 people like this

How else can these immigrants impact the quality of life in Palo Alto? All in the name of diversity, so real estate agents and builders can profit at the expense of US citizens.


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