This is Santa Clarans' central location for local updates on the novel coronavirus called COVID-19.

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Update 2/20/2020: The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department announced that the man with the first confirmed case of novel coronavirus in the county has fully recovered and has been released from isolation. Read more...

Update 2/18/2020: The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department reports there are no additional novel coronavirus cases in Santa Clara County. For the latest updates, visit the County Public Health Department's website, sccphd.org/coronavirus.

Update 2/14/2020: The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department reports there are no additional novel coronavirus cases in Santa Clara County.

There are 15 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, in seven states: eight in California; two in Illinois; and one each in Arizona, Washington, Massachusetts, Wisconsin and Texas.

Update 2/12/2020: The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department reports there are no additional novel coronavirus cases in Santa Clara County.

On Feb. 11, the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that's causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak. It is now officially called COVID-19.

Update 2/10/2020 at 10 a.m.: The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department reports there are no additional novel coronavirus cases in Santa Clara County.  

Update 2/6/2020 at 9:50 a.m.: The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department reports there are no additional novel coronavirus cases in Santa Clara County.  

Update 2/4/2020: The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department reports there are no additional novel (new) coronavirus cases in Santa Clara County.

SCC Public Health confirmed reports that healthcare workers at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose have been sent home because of exposure to novel coronavirus. According to County public health officials, five healthcare workers were found to have been exposed after seeing a patient later confirmed to have coronavirus. These workers have been instructed to stay home until Feb. 11. SCC Public Health stresses that this is being done to protect the public’s health and limit any potential spread of the virus.

Update 2/2/2020 at 3 p.m.: The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department announced a second case of coronavirus in Santa Clara County that’s unrelated to the first one.

County Public Health is not releasing the name of the city where either one of the individuals with confirmed cases of coronavirus resides. Public Health reports the latest individual - an adult woman - had recently traveled to Wuhan, the part of China where the disease originated.

According to County Public Health officials, the risk to the public remains low. 

For more information, visit SCC Public Health website. 

Updated 1/31/2020 at 2:17 p.m.: On Friday afternoon, Jan. 31, the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department announced there is a confirmed case of the coronavirus in Santa Clara County. County public health officials stated that the risk to the public is low. For more details, visit the SCC Public Health website.

Also on Friday, Jan. 31, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced the following: "Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency for the entire United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to 2019 novel coronavirus." View the news release.

1/30/2020: On Thursday, January 30, the U.S. State Department issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory for China.

In its travel advisory, the State Department said, "Do not travel to China due to novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China. On January 30, the World Health Organization has determined the rapidly spreading outbreak constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. Commercial carriers have reduced or suspended routes to and from China."

For more information, visit the State Department website.

1/28/2020:  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): On January 27, the CDC issued updated travel guidance for China, recommending that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to all of the country (Level 3 Travel Health Notice). This warning is in response to an ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (2019-nCoV) spreading between people in many parts of that country. For more information, view the CDC news release

1/24/2020: There are no cases of the coronavirus reported in Santa Clara County at this time, according to the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department.

SCC Public Health said that since this virus is very new and information is changing quickly, health authorities are closely watching the situation and how this virus spreads.

About Coronavirus 

The outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, "Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, suggesting person-to-person spread is occurring."

The first case in the United States was announced on Jan. 21, 2020. 

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