Deadly Coronavirus Hits California
Health officials have confirmed the state’s first cases of the coronavirus, which has killed at least 56 people and sickened thousands of others in Asia. One case was confirmed in Los Angeles and another in Orange County Sunday. That makes five confirmed cases nationwide.
All U.S. patients had traveled to Wuhan, China where a recent outbreak began. The situation there is worsening by the hour. The Washington Post reports that the number of cases in Wuhan increased by 50% over a 24-hour period.
In addition to the Southern California cases, patients in Alameda County have been tested for the virus. County health officials confirmed the possible exposure Thursday. They declined to state the number of people being tested, but said it was less than 10.
The Alameda test results were still pending as of early Monday morning. Health officials made clear there are no confirmed cases in the county yet. The Fremont Fire Department also dispelled rumors circulating on social media that there had been diagnoses in the city.
On Thursday, a Chinese airline canceled direct flights from Wuhan to San Francisco Airport, KTVU reports.