Coronavirus Update In US: Washington, California Involved
The latest Coronavirus update in US indicates new COVID-19 cases in the state of Washington, California, Oregon, in a King County woman and a Snohomish County teenager.
While countries around the world are struggling to respond to the influx of new novel coronavirus cases outside of China new Coronavirus update in US shows counting of the virus outbreak.
The number of cases in the United States increased to above 60 on Friday, including the second and third cases of the disease from the so-called “community spread.”
Two new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Washington, in a King County woman and a Snohomish County teenager, state and local officials said Friday night.
The woman had newly been to South Korea, a country affected by the outbreak. But the Snohomish County patient, a high school student, did not recently travel to any countries affected by SARS-CoV-2, the official name of the novel coronavirus, told Snohomish Health District officer Dr. Chris Spitters.
“It’s concerning that this individual did not travel since this individual acquired it in the community,” Washington state health officer Dr. Kathy Lofy told reporters Friday at a news conference at the Department of Health Shoreline. “We really believe now that the risk is increasing.”
An uncertain factor of infection in Washington case
The high school student attends Jackson High School in Everett, Washington, said Dr. Chris Spitters of the Snohomish County Health District. The student had not traveled recently, and authorities were unsure how that person contracted the disease.
“It is concerning that this individual didn’t travel and acquired it in the community,” Spitters stated. Officials are investigating to determine who the teen may have come into contact with.
The teen became ill Monday with symptoms including a fever and body aches, Spitters said. The teen was quarantined at home “and doing well,” Spitters said.
He had stayed home from school and only had contact with a small group of schoolmates. Those kids will be monitored and quarantined, Spitters said.
Authorities said Jackson High, located about 22 miles (35 kilometers) north of Seattle, would be closed Monday for cleaning.
Both cases are deemed “presumptive positive,” as test results were confirmed at the Shoreline site Friday, but are additionally being sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for confirmation.
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Coronavirus case endanger the whole school
Also, Coronavirus Update in US indicates a third U.S. case of coronavirus of unknown origin — not by travel or known contact with an infected individual — was declared by health officials in Oregon Friday night.
The case, which was diagnosed through one of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s testing kits, was found in an individual who works as a school employee in Clackamas County, who “may have exposed students and the staff there,” according to the Washington County Department of Health and Human Services. The sample will be sent to CDC’s Atlanta headquarters for approval.
The school where the person works are being closed as an investigation is continuing and parents of students are being informed.
“We are awaiting confirmation of the test results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but at this time we are considering this a presumptive case,” Dr. Dean Sidelinger, the health officer, and state epidemiologist for the Oregon Public Health Division said in a statement. “The person in now appropriate isolation and appropriate care.”
As long as it is confirmed, this would be the third case of community spread, added to cases in Santa Clara and Solano counties in California.
How To minimize risk of contracting Coronavirus
According to public health officials, the COVID-19 infection is believed to be spread by droplets expelled throughout a cough or sneeze. The virus is most contagious when symptoms are at their peak, but asymptomatic transmission can happen.
Washington State Department of Health officials say the COVID-19 infection is believed to cause mild symptoms in 80 percent of infected individuals, but it has the potential to cause severe symptoms.
In some individuals, the symptoms could be so mild that they wouldn’t suspect they’re infected. Health officials said with the availability to do more rapid testing in the state, they will be able to test more people and possibly identify more cases of infected individuals.
To minimize your risk of contracting the COVID-19 infection, public health officials say to practice good hand washing techniques and to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unless your hands are clean.
You are additionally asked to start thinking about what your family will do if schools begin closing across the state due to the virus. You should also ask your work about any options you may have to work from home.