More Cases of Coronavirus in California

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The global map of the spread of the coronavirus on January 31 (slide 1) and January 26 (slide 2) [Photos: CDC]
Update by edhat staff
February 3, 2020

The total cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus detected in California have risen to six as of Monday, February 3.

There are 11 total confirmed cases in the United States, none of these are in Santa Barbara County.

Ventura County released a statement that two people were tested for the virus. One of the tests came back negative while results are still pending for the other test. Currently, there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus on the Central Coast of California.

On Sunday, a husband and wife were diagnosed with the virus in San Benito County. The husband traveled to Wuhan, China, where the virus is believed to have originated, but the wife contracted the disease in the second person-to-person transmission in the U.S., according to a statement from health officials. The husband was screened at San Francisco International Airport on January 24 and was without systems, although he and his wife developed them days later. Both have remained in their home since the diagnosis.

Another case was reported in Santa Clara County after a woman traveled from Wuhan to the area. This is the second case in Santa Clara County, however, officials state the two cases are unrelated, CNN reported

Earlier this week edhat reported two cases in Southern California, Los Angeles and Orange counties.

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (SBCPHD) is working closely with the California Department of Public Health and the CDC to respond to the outbreak of this novel coronavirus. SBCPHD is communicating with local health care providers on how to safely and effectively evaluate ill people who have been to China. They are providing updates on their website.

The coronavirus has caused 361 deaths and more than 17,000 people have been diagnosed, most of which are in China. All deaths related to the virus have taken place in China except for one reported in the Philippines. The virus has spread to more than 20 countries and territories.

A global emergency was declared last week by the World Health Organization and the Trump administration announced a public health emergency Friday while evacuating citizens and personnel from China. A temporary travel ban was approved to bar foreigners from entering the U.S. if they have been to China in the past 14 days, with exceptions for the immediate family of American citizens and permanent residents.


By edhat staff
January 26, 2020

Two cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus that originated in China have been detected in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

The outbreak of this respiratory illness started in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. It causes some patients have a mild illness while a small number have had a more severe illness, and a few have died. Cases have been diagnosed in fourteen countries and now in California, Washington, and Illinois.

Health officials confirm the cases in Southern California came from people who recently traveled to Wuhan. A returning traveler who landed in Los Angeles County is receiving medical treatment. The patient in Orange County is in good condition and is isolated at the hospital. 

Health officials state the risk of local transmission remains low and anyone who has come into close contact with the patients has been contacted.

Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that are common among animals and humans. In rare cases, animal coronaviruses can be transmitted from animals to humans. This novel coronavirus is a newly discovered coronavirus that has not been previously detected in animals or humans. The source of the novel coronavirus is not yet known.

Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, suggesting person-to-person spread is occurring. At this time, it is unclear how easily this virus is spreading between people, according to the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department.

Typically, human coronaviruses cause mild-to-moderate respiratory illness. Symptoms are very similar to the flu, including: runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, fever, shortness of breath.

Most people with illnesses due to common coronavirus infections recover on their own. There are no specific treatments but for patients who are more severely ill, hospitals can provide supportive care. 

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (SBCPHD) is monitoring the situation and working with partners to identify any possible cases. No cases have been reported in Santa Barbara County.

If you have traveled to China between December 15, 2019 and now, and you have become ill with fever, cough or shortness of breath, call your health care provider. Please be sure to tell your health care provider about your travel history.

For the most up to date information regarding the 2019 novel coronavirus, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

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NamasteYogi Feb 03, 2020 07:59 PM
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100% agree. Just like all the other diseases and viruses that we’re gonna wipe out humanity over the last 20 years, this too will disappear into the news cycle.

macpuzl Feb 03, 2020 12:37 PM
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Daily updates at this site: ================================================================== https://www.livescience.com/new-china-coronavirus-faq.html ================================================================== Quoting from the site: "The death rate from 2019-nCoV isn't yet known. In the beginning of an outbreak, the initial cases that are identified "skew to the severe," which may make the mortality rate seem higher than it is, Alex Azar, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Homeland Security (HHS), said during a news briefing on Tuesday (Jan. 28). The mortality rate may drop as more mild cases are identified, Azar said. Currently, most of the patients who have died from the infection have been older than 60 and have had preexisting conditions."

jqb Feb 04, 2020 02:03 PM
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The fact is that reported mortality rate is too *low* because all cases in progress are being treated as recoveries. A correct mortality rate is deaths/(cases that have run their course) ... we have that for previous outbreaks but not for this outbreak in progress, so comparisons of mortality rate are invalid. And even if the mortality rate is only 1%, the ease of spread and the fact that it can be spread before symptoms appear means we could well be looking at tens or hundreds of millions of deaths, with this becoming a seasonal threat. Personally, as a senior with a history of lung infections, I'm not reassured by these efforts to downplay it ... CDC funding has been decimated, and we need popular support to get it back to snuff.

yin yang Feb 03, 2020 01:21 PM
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And I'm fully aware that anyone can (and will) "refute" "our" "scientific" articles by claiming that the authors and researchers are in cahoots with each other and can manipulate data and its transmission (again, of data, not viruses.) Hard to argue with that. Over and out. Be healthy, be happy. :-)

yin yang Feb 03, 2020 10:50 AM
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I was going to cite their info, but it seems Zerohedge took down the article I read just yesterday, or even today, as I think it was after midnight. Oh well. Whoa wow, looks like entire articles at the Lancet are freely available. Do your own research -- if you really think you're able. ================================================================ Stat news is a good resource for normies; I've been a subscriber for a few years now. It's good for us laypeople. https://www.statnews.com/ ================================================================ Quick retraction of a faulty coronavirus paper was a good moment for science ________ https://www.statnews.com/2020/02/03/retraction-faulty-coronavirus-paper-good-moment-for-science/ ___________________________________________________________________ This of course erupted online and fed conspiracy theorists. Sorry this post is such a mess. Paragraph breaks would be great. I'll stop adding info now. =============================================================== https://www.thelancet.com/coronavirus

a-1585773759 Feb 03, 2020 10:30 AM
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Okay, another 2 cents. I'm pro-science and anti-conspiracy. ================================================================ Google "corona virus hiv similarities" to see the mess that hit the news yesterday. Twitter suspended Zero Edge over it. I'd never heard of Zero Edge before seeing the online objections to the suspensions when I checked trending Twitter. You can search "Twitter suspended zero edge" ============================================================ It's all too detailed to address, the claim and its refutation. But it seemed, to me as an educated layperson who worked in health care, to be explained and refuted. The claim, of course, utilizes valid research findings and emphasizes/distorts them, I and millions of others think and believe. But "they" use the scientists's words, and think "they" can argue with the researchers when all "they" are doing is using and twisting their words. I fully realize I am "they" to these proponents.

a-1585773759 Feb 03, 2020 09:55 AM
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Mayo Clinic prof of medicine and infectious diseases says, "We're basically at a pandemic now", and more testing should be done in U.S. video w/very useful info: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/02/03/coronavirus-outbreak-screening-latest-physicians-squawk-box.html

a-1585773759 Feb 02, 2020 09:02 AM
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How to Start a Long-Term Home Food Storage. https://www.moneycrashers.com/long-term-home-food-storage-emergency/

NamasteYogi Feb 03, 2020 08:01 PM
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Stop your upsetting all the liberals that have done all their research and your making too much sense . Australia is over, impeachment is over, onto the virus!! Give us all your data!

NamasteYogi Feb 03, 2020 08:01 PM
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Stop your upsetting all the liberals that have done all their research and your making too much sense . Australia is over, impeachment is over, onto the virus!! Give us all your data!

a-1585773759 Feb 02, 2020 08:48 AM
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You forgot Santa Clara County. Man made viruses are no joke - much worse than naturally ocurring. PPL should be concerned and heightened awareness. This is a man made virus ppl. Scientists finding genetic markers in it that don't occur naturally.

a-1585773759 Feb 02, 2020 08:44 AM
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How to Prepare for a Pandemic. (1) Be prepared to treat at home (2) Plan for a sick room (3) Stock up on food, water, and household supplies (4)…more... https://www.moneycrashers.com/prepare-next-pandemic/ .

Shasta Guy Feb 02, 2020 07:01 AM
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Here’s a snippet from a site that I follow tracking this: “To all the people thinking the boy is still crying wolf, this ain't the flu. Out of 14,000 confirmed cases, 2,000 are still in the hospital in serious/critical condition. That means if you get it, you have a 14% chance of landing in the hospital according to official numbers.” The death rate according to official numbers is ~2%, whereas regular flu is ~0.1%. If this virus pronates like ordinary flu, then a staggering number of people are going to be negatively affected.

macpuzl Feb 01, 2020 08:56 PM
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So far, the new corona virus is proving to be less deadly than the "normal" flu that has already infected and killed far more people this year. Of course, most of those killed by the flu were unvaccinated, and a corona virus vaccine has not yet been released, but it still seems the corona virus threat is being exaggerated a bit.

MarcelK Feb 02, 2020 12:24 AM
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"The elderly and immune compromised are infected and die, and initial mild cases aren't even documented. " But that's not what's happening in this case.

macpuzl Feb 01, 2020 10:20 PM
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Yes, but a large part of the apparent higher mortality rate of a new pathogen is a selection effect. The elderly and immune compromised are infected and die, and initial mild cases aren't even documented. Once the pathogen is more widespread, and has infected a more representative cross-section of the populace, the mortality is less. It's still wise, of course, to prepare for the potential of a pathogen that may prove to be more virulent, but this one doesn't appear to be particularly deadly.

jqb Feb 01, 2020 10:00 PM
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The mortality rate of 2019-nCoV is much higher than that of the flu. The flu virus is widespread and infects millions, whereas 2019-nCoV has a single point source and so far has only infected thousands. *Without* a strong response and quarantining, the consequences could be disastrous. So the very fact that health officials react strongly, reducing the threat, leads people to criticize them for reacting strongly. This is very similar to Y2K, when industry spent billions to avert a disaster, and because there was no disaster many people wrongly think it was much ado about nothing.

a-1585773759 Feb 01, 2020 08:44 PM
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NYC video, Sat. today, Bellevue Hospital patient, press conference w/Mayor : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZCbkNTsoG8

Shasta Guy Feb 01, 2020 08:37 PM
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A 44 year old male died of the Coronavirus in the Philippines today, the first death outside of China. With deaths of people this young, and if the infection rate keeps up like this it has the potential to resemble the Spanish flu a century ago.

a-1585773759 Feb 01, 2020 04:59 PM
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NYC today (Sat) first case being evaluated, in hospital. Mayor DeBlasio urges anyone with symptoms or family members, who've been in China, __immediately__ go to doctor. Notify emergency room in advance, so they can be prepared. New York City.

a-1585773759 Feb 01, 2020 11:56 AM
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Boston Massachusetts has a confirmed case, #8 in U.S. Also, some U.S. companies are temporarily shutting down operations in China. "Apple Inc. said Saturday it will close its stores and corporate offices in China until Feb. 9, a significant escalation in its response to the coronavirus outbreak gripping China and roiling global markets.----“Out of an abundance of caution and based on the latest advice from leading health experts, we’re closing all our corporate offices, stores and contact centers in mainland China through Feb. 9,” an Apple spokesman said. “We will continue to closely monitor the situation and we look forward to reopening our stores as soon as possible.”

a-1585773759 Feb 01, 2020 08:23 AM
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"Dog owners buying face masks to protect pets from deadly coronavirus” (even though no evidence that dogs can get this virus) -- https://metro.co.uk/2020/01/31/dog-owners-buying-face-masks-protect-pets-deadly-virus-12157662/

a-1585773759 Feb 01, 2020 07:28 AM
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1 in Santa Clara County (CA), diagnosed this week, and announced yesterday, Friday. The patient, a man, had returned from China, and arrived San Jose airport. No details on other airports he was in.

Shasta Guy Feb 01, 2020 08:39 AM
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The virus is making its slow march. It has quickly passed up SARS in total infections. The death rate is holding above 2%. We’ll see in a few weeks how we fare. It’s like when the Thomas Fire was near Omani, and we had no idea what was coming our way.

a-1585773759 Feb 01, 2020 07:03 AM
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"VENTURA, Calif. - Two people in Ventura County have been tested for the coronavirus after trips to China. The Ventura County Public Health Department confirmed to our newsroom that two people were tested for the contagious virus earlier this week. Dr. Robert Levin of the Ventura County Health Department says the two U.S. residents were tested after coming back from trips to China. " . KEYT

yin yang Feb 03, 2020 10:55 AM
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We would've heard if they were positive. We have heard no more. Did you post to raise anxiety? ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------https://www.vcstar.com/story/news/local/2020/01/31/china-coronavirus-california-virus-symptoms-spread-us-testing/4622834002/ --------------------------- Lab results for one of two people in Ventura County tested for coronavirus show no sign of the illness, the county's public health officer said Friday night. The results mean the person will be able to leave isolation, said Dr. Robert Levin of the Ventura County Public Health Department. Test results from the second case have not yet been received and that person remains isolated and monitored. Despite the two possible cases that emerged this week, Levin called the immediate health risk in Ventura County low. He expressed confidence that if confirmed cases of coronavirus emerge, the spread will be limited. "I think the evidence that we have shows that it can spread from human to human, but it does not readily do so in the way measles does," he said of a virus that has caused nearly 10,000 infections worldwide and more than 200 deaths, all in China.

a-1585773759 Jan 30, 2020 01:59 PM
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WHO (World Health Organization) declared A Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) over the outbreak of Coronavirus, a formal declaration. See press conference, today https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NnNunRXR80

a-1585773759 Jan 30, 2020 09:05 AM
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"Providers should call the Disease Control & Prevention Program immediately to report suspect cases of 2019-nCoV. Call 24/7 Phone Line: 805-681-5280. " -- From S.B. County Public Health Department website, coronavirus information.

a-1585773759 Jan 30, 2020 08:29 AM
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How to wear face mask (and not infect yourself), from Jan. 24, video of coronavirus expert: https://twitter.com/fallininthedark

a-1585773759 Jan 30, 2020 08:15 AM
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“As a precautionary measure against the spread of coronavirus, all…students, faculty, and employees who travelled abroad in the last two weeks are required to do a two-week self-quarantine (e.g., stay at home). If you are one of them, please email Health Services a scanned copy of your passport’s bio-page, the page indicating your arrival date, and your boarding pass. Special class attendance policy will be arranged for faculty and students through Academic Office…” . This is not in U.S., but a good idea. -- https://twitter.com/hashtag/nCov2019?src=hashtag_click

a-1585773759 Jan 30, 2020 07:49 AM
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Cruise ship w/6,000-7,000 people quarantined, two people showing symptoms of coronavirus. Ship being detained in Italy.

a-1585773759 Jan 29, 2020 08:48 PM
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Face Masks: What Doctors Say About Their Role In Containing Coronavirus--January 29, 2020. https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/01/29/800531753/face-masks-what-doctors-say-about-their-role-in-containing-coronavirus

a-1585773759 Jan 29, 2020 05:16 PM
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Masks, deciding to wear or not wear. Today I read a warning by a research doctor that if you do come into contact with someone with the virus, and you have your mask on, good for you, but now IT IS infected. Don't go home, take it off, and put it on again next day...contamination. Something to think about.

a-1585773759 Jan 29, 2020 02:53 PM
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BNO News Coronavirus update Wed. 2:45 pm (another update will be around 8pm): - 7,186 confirmed cases worldwide. - 169 fatalities. - 17 countries reporting cases.

a-1585773759 Jan 29, 2020 02:40 PM
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Pandemic: is an epidemic of disease that has spread across a large region; for instance multiple continents, or even worldwide.

a-1585773759 Jan 29, 2020 02:26 PM
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PHEIC will probably be declared by WHO tomorrow (Thurs). A Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) is a formal declaration by the World Health Organization (WHO) of "an extraordinary event which is determined to constitute a public health risk to other States through the international spread of disease and to potentially require a coordinated international …" . https://twitter.com/ashishkjha

Shasta Guy Jan 28, 2020 05:03 PM
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The first person-to-person infections in Germany and Japan were reported today. Hopefully better hygiene practices will reduce the number of infected there and here.

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