San Benito County, CA –Two cases of 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) have been confirmed in San Benito County.
The confirmed cases are related; husband and wife, and both are 57 years of age. The husband recently traveled from Wuhan, China. But the wife did not. Therefore, there has been person-to-person transmission. Both patients have not left their home since returning from China.
San Benito County Public Health Services provided guidance for home isolation and is closely monitoring their medical condition. Currently, both patients are not hospitalized. San Benito County Public Health Services is in consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).
San Benito County Public Health Services is following all recommended guidelines. Some key points include:
- If you have not been to China, or been in close contact with someone who has been to China and is sick, your risk is very low.
- CDC guidance indicates that people who have casual contact with a case (in the same grocery store or movie theater) are at minimal risk of developing infection.
- If you have recently been to China and feel sick, please stay home and avoid contact with others; contact your doctor’s office or emergency room and tell them about your recent travels and symptoms; cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
The total confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV in the United States has reached 11.