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Second Santa Clara County coronavirus case ‘not unexpected’

Health officials on Sunday confirmed the second case of 2019 novel coronavirus in Santa Clara County.

The newest incidence, involving an adult woman, is not related to the first case, but both involve people who recently traveled to Wuhan, China.

The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department said in an announcement:

“(The woman) is a visitor to this county and arrived Jan. 23 to visit family.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Six cases of 2019 novel coronavirus had been confirmed in four U.S. states as of Friday, January 31, 2020.

The announcement said:

“She has stayed home since she arrived, except for two times to seek outpatient medical care. She has been regularly monitored and was never sick enough to be hospitalized.”

Family members of the woman have also been isolated and do not leave the house, officials said.

Dr. Sara Cody, Santa Clara County health officer, said:

“I understand that people are concerned, but based on what we know today, the risk to general public remains low.”

Cody added:

“A second case is not unexpected. With our large population and the amount of travel to China for both personal and business reasons, we will likely see more cases, including close contacts to our cases.”

Officials said:

“(It is advised the public) engage in their regular activities and practice good health hygiene since this is the height of flu season. Healthy people should not be excluded from activities based on their race, country of origin, or recent travel. Anyone with respiratory symptoms, such as a cough, sore throat, or fever, should stay home, practice proper cough etiquette and hand hygiene, and limit their contact with other people.”

A Santa Clara County man on Friday was confirmed as the first Bay Area case of the novel coronavirus.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV).

The man, whose name and city of residence were not released, traveled to Wuhan, China and Shanghai before returning home to Santa Clara County via the San Jose Mineta International Airport on Jan. 24.

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