Santa Clara County California confirms first case of coronavirus


The Pentagon has green-lit housing to quarantine up to 1,000 people as officials work to prevent the spread of the coronavirus from overseas travel to China. "Should routine monitoring of the evacuees identify ill individuals, HHS has procedures in place to transport them to a local civilian hospital", the Pentagon said. The man only left his home to seek medical care but was not hospitalized. Public health officials are now trying to reach anyone he may have come into contact with during those times to assess whether they were exposed to the virus.

The Santa Clara County Health Department will be holding a press conference at 2 provide more information on the case.

The man has had contact with "very few individuals" since his return. This is the seventh domestic case of coronavirus and the first in the Bay Area.

Earlier Friday, three of the largest USA airlines - United, Delta and American - have canceled flights between the United States and China because of coronavirus concerns.

This comes after the State Department recommended against travelling to China in the wake of the outbreak, raising its travel warning to the highest level.

The infected county resident, an adult male, flew into San Jose International Airport on January 24 and has "self-isolated" at home upon arrival, only leaving twice to receive medical care, Director of the Santa Clara County Public Health Department Sara Cody said in a press conference Friday afternoon.

Azar added that USA authorities have officially declared the coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency in the United States.

Also, anyone entering the USA who has been in China's Hubei province in the last two weeks will be subject to a two-week quarantine.

Friday's announcement comes shortly after the USA declared a public health emergency because of the new virus.

Earlier in the day, the United States officially declared the coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency in the country. The vast majority of the cases and all but one of the deaths have been in China. US citizens who have traveled to China's Hubei province within the last 14 days will be quarantined for up to two weeks.

With the addition of the case in Santa Clara County, there are now seven confirmed cases in the U.S.