Santa Clara County man recovers from coronavirus | News | Palo Alto Online |

News

Santa Clara County man recovers from coronavirus

Public health leaders say virus is not circulating through the public

In order for all area residents to have important local information on the coronavirus health emergency, Palo Alto Online has lifted its pay meter and is providing unlimited access to its website. We need your support to continue our important work. Please join your neighbors and become a subscribing member today.

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department announced Thursday that a man who became the county's first confirmed case of novel coronavirus has recovered and been released from isolation.

Public health officials first confirmed the man carried the virus on Jan. 31. He had traveled to the Chinese cities of Shanghai and Wuhan before returning to the county on Jan. 24 by flying into Mineta San Jose International Airport.

The man never required hospitalization while ill with the virus and was isolated at home while Public Health Department staff monitored his condition.

County public health officials confirmed a second case of the virus Feb. 2 in a woman visiting the county. She has since been quarantined by a legal order.

According to public health officials, there is no evidence that the virus is circulating in Santa Clara County at this time.

No new novel coronavirus cases have been reported in Santa Clara County and few new details about the virus are known publicly, county public health officials told a Board of Supervisors committee at a hearing Wednesday.

Dr. Sara Cody, the county's director of public health, updated the board's Health and Hospital Committee on the virus, saying that combating its spread is "the bread and butter work that we do in public health everyday."

"The pattern of work that we're doing is the same work that we do for measles or meningococcal disease or tuberculosis or syphilis or many other communicable diseases," Cody added, though she also said coronavirus is something "that we still don't know much about."

The virus has reportedly spread from Wuhan, China, to 16 countries and killed more than 2,000 people worldwide.

"I would say the biggest challenge is this is a new virus and there's still a lot we don't know," Cody said. "We still don't know basic information like: how long is someone infectious?"

But Cody said the county maintains that the coronavirus is not circulating through the public.

County Supervisor Joe Simitian asked Cody to reassure him and his constituents that the virus is not an immediate danger to the public.

Cody said the virus spreads "maybe a bit more" than the common cold, and spreads efficiently as the seasonal flu through human-to-human transfer.

"No one really knows what's going to happen next," Cody said. "We are all still learning."

She also said flights into Mineta San Jose International Airport that require screening are presently redirected to other airports. And while the county cannot immediately test to confirm a suspected case of the virus — only the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can do that, Cody said — the county could "probably in a matter of days" be able to conduct such tests, though there is not yet a certain date.

"Again, we have no evidence that the virus is circulating," Cody said.

But Simitian pressed further and asked if the public should be concerned about the spread of the virus in the county.

"No," Cody said. "We encourage everyone to go to school everyday, go to work everyday."

However, she did give a warning to the public.

"Stay home, if you're sick, with whatever you're sick with," Cody said.

Supervisor Susan Ellenberg also questioned Cody and thanked her and her teams for their work to maintain the safety of the county's public health. She asked Cody how much surveillance the public health department does of the public to monitor a possible outbreak.

Cody said her teams work seven days per week, with a lighter team on the weekends, and mentioned that "staffing has been a challenge" since the start of the virus outbreak.

"I hope very soon that they have nothing left to do," Ellenberg said.

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

---

Follow the Palo Alto Weekly/Palo Alto Online on Twitter @PaloAltoWeekly and Facebook for breaking news, local events, photos, videos and more.

We need your support now more than ever. Can we count on you?

Comments

5 people like this
Posted by Disgusted
a resident of another community
on Feb 21, 2020 at 9:23 am

Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department overruled the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and last Monday they chartered two planes that returned 14 Americans who are infected with the new coronavirus (along with unwitting and apparently healthy passengers) . Those Americans are now in California and Texas.

The CDC’s principal deputy director, Anne Schuchat, recommended that the 14 infected passengers be taken off the plane and receive medical attention in Japan. But Trump officials like Robert Kadlec, assistant secretary for preparedness and response at the HHS, disagreed with the CDC.

Kadlec’s medical expertise is in the field of bio weapons—not in the fields of epidemiology, virology, or pathology. Bioweapons are intended to sicken and kill people.

Is this an intentional effort to widen the spread of the pandemic?

Article: Web Link


32 people like this
Posted by Rev. Beecham
a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 21, 2020 at 3:23 pm

The coronavirus outbreak & the subsequent closure of countless manufacturing sites in China along with the delays in exporting their cheaply-made goods is a sign...a sign that global economics favoring China are grossly imbalanced & American retailers ruthlessly profiteering off them will be punished as well.

It's more than just a virus.


Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.

Email:


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields


Get fact-based reporting on the COVID-19 crisis sent to your inbox daily.

'A devastating impact:' The coronavirus claims Clarke's Charcoal Broiler, Mountain View's oldest operating restaurant
By Elena Kadvany | 29 comments | 11,645 views

Coronavirus Food Safety Update + New! Insider Tips
By Laura Stec | 7 comments | 4,695 views

A Pragmatic Approach to A Trillion Trees
By Sherry Listgarten | 2 comments | 3,306 views

The University of California’s flexible policies during COVID-19
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 6 comments | 2,299 views

Repairing a Disagreement with your Beloved & “Physical” vs. “Social” Distancing
By Chandrama Anderson | 1 comment | 2,099 views

 

DEADLINE EXTENDED

The 34th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult and Teen categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by April 10, 2020. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category. Sponsored by Kepler's Books, Linden Tree Books and Bell's Books.

Contest Details