Public health officials are now tracking two separate coronavirus outbreaks in California, with the latest victim a 65-year-old woman in Santa Clara County who was confirmed earlier today.
The Washington Post is reporting that Jennifer Nuzzo from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security is now warning about the multiple outbreaks: “I think there’s a strong possibility that there’s local transmission going in California. In other words, the virus is spreading within California, and I think there’s a possibility other states are in the same boat. They just haven’t recognized that yet.”
Just last night, another person was confirmed with the coronavirus in Solano County after having exposed dozens of hospital workers to the virus before falling critically ill. The UC Davis Health hospital issued a press release explaining that CDC testing guidelines prohibited this woman from being tested for coronavirus in a timely manner, causing an 11-day delay during which she no doubt spread the virus to countless others who have yet to be diagnosed.
Yesterday, UC Davis Health stated:
Upon admission, our team asked public health officials if this case could be COVID-19. We requested COVID-19 testing by the CDC, since neither Sacramento County nor CDPH is doing testing for coronavirus at this time. Since the patient did not fit the existing CDC criteria for COVID-19, a test was not immediately administered. UC Davis Health does not control the testing process.
The patient was not put into “airborne precaution” status until after that test was conducted, meaning dozens of hospital staffers could have been exposed.
UC Davis Health further stated, “As we regularly handle patients with infectious diseases, we have robust infection control protocols in place to handle this patient and others with more frequently seen infectious diseases,” but the statement seems irrelevant if they had not identified the coronavirus status of this patient for many days, meaning they weren’t aware she had the airborne disease.
The Washington Post now reports that Sara Cody, the health officer of Santa Clara County, says there’s no connection between this new patient confirmed today and the Solano County patient confirmed yesterday: “There is no apparent connection between the new patient and anyone else with the disease, known as covid-19, including the Solano County case and two other cases in Santa Clara county.”
That same WashPost story also explains that two students in Palo Alto may have been exposed to the virus, via the Solano County patient.
In a press release issued by county officials, Santa Clara County’s office of Public Health Communications issued the following press release: (bolding emphasis added)
County of Santa Clara Public Health Department Reports Third Case of COVID-19
For immediate release
For more information contact:
County of Santa Clara Public Health Communications
Media Line: (408) 794-0707
– The third case of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County and is not related to other cases.
– The third case had no known exposure to the virus through travel or close contact with a known infected individual.
– Now is the time to prepare for the possibility of widespread community transmission.
Santa Clara County – The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department confirms the third case of COVID-19. This is the third case to be identified in our County, but is different from the other two cases since this person does not have a travel history nor any known contact with a traveler or infected person.
The individual is an older adult woman with chronic health conditions who was hospitalized for a respiratory illness. Her infectious disease physician contacted the Public Health Department to discuss the case and request testing for the novel coronavirus. The County of Santa Clara Public Health Laboratory received the specimens yesterday and performed the testing. Since receiving the results last night, the department has been working to identify contacts and understand the extent of exposures.
Due to medical privacy requirements and to protect her identity, further information about this case will not be released.
“This new case indicates that there is evidence of community transmission but the extent is still not clear,” said Dr. Sara Cody, Health Officer for Santa Clara County and Director of the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department. “I understand this may be concerning to hear, but this is what we have been preparing for. Now we need to start taking additional actions to slow down the spread of the disease.”
This case is important because it signals that now is the time to change course. The public health measures taken so far – isolation, quarantine, contract tracing, and travel restrictions – have helped to slow the spread of the disease. The department will continue to implement these measures and continue to trace close contacts of our cases to protect the health of individuals and our community.
Since the disease is here, an important priority for the department will be to conduct community surveillance to determine the extent of local transmission. Since the County Public Health Laboratory has the ability to run the test, the department can quickly evaluate what is happening in our community.
For individuals, the recommendations are very simple, but very important:
– Keep your hands clean. It is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. And always need to cover your cough and stay home when you are sick.
– Today, start working on not touching your face because one way viruses spread is when you touch your own mouth, nose or eyes.
– Since we know the disease is here, we all need to stay away from people who are sick.
– Start thinking about family preparedness, how to take care of sick family while not getting infected. Think about a room to isolate a sick person.
There are practical measures that can help limit spread by reducing exposure in community settings:
– Schools: should plan for absenteeism and explore options for tele-learning and enhance surface cleaning.
– Businesses: whenever possible, can replace in-person meetings with video or telephone conferences and increase teleworking options and modify absenteeism policies and also enhance surface cleaning.
The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department is working closely with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State of California Department of Public Health, and other partners as the new coronavirus situation continues to change. Information will be updated as soon as possible on our website:?//sccphd.org/coronavirus
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In summary, this announcement from Santa Clara County is about the best advice we’ve seen yet from any government entity. Too bad the WHO is run by scientifically illiterate bureaucrats who can’t issue a similarly intelligent press release to the world…
The only other thing we would add to this is that everybody needs to urgently start consuming anti-viral herbs, spices and superfoods so that the population at large has heightened viral resistance.
Confirmed coronavirus cases in America are set to start exploding next week as U.S. labs have finally been given permission by the CDC to start testing for coronavirus, reports The Epoch Times. The CDC has delayed testing for over three weeks to set a “trap” for Trump, allowing the disease to rapidly spread while near-zero testing was taking place across the country.
Beginning next week, we will first see tens of cases confirmed in America, then dozens over the following few weeks, and then likely hundreds of cases that multiply into thousands over the next several months.
In this InfoWars broadcast, I explain the trap set by the CDC to blame President Trump for the outbreaks:
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