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Posted on: February 6, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Coronavirus Update and Prevention


An outbreak of pneumonia China was reported on December 31, 2019, and a novel (new) coronavirus was soon identified as the cause. On January 31, 2020, the federal Department of Human Services declared the novel coronavirus a public health emergency.

As of February 6, 2020, one case of novel coronavirus has been identified in Orange County, a traveler from Wuhan, China. However, there is no evidence of person-to-person transmission in Orange County. Risk of the infection to the public in Orange County remains low. Guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that people who have casual contact with a case (e.g. in the same grocery store or movie theater) are at minimal risk for infection. Individuals who have recently been to Wuhan, China and feel sick, are advised to:
  • Stay home and avoid contact with others;
  • Seek medical care right away. Before going to the doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and inform them of your recent travel and your symptoms; and
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hand) when sneezing or coughing.
The CDC offers these general tips for reducing the spread of communicable illnesses, including novel coronavirus:
  • Wash hands regularly with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub;
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hand) when sneezing or coughing.
  • Avoid contact with anyone with cold- or flu-like symptoms;
For additional information, please visit the Orange County Health Care Agency website

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