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'We have no evidence that the virus is circulating': No new coronavirus cases found in Santa Clara County

 
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No new novel coronavirus cases have been reported in Santa Clara County and few new details about the virus are known publicly, county public health officials told a Board of Supervisors committee at a hearing Wednesday.

Dr. Sara Cody, the county's director of public health, updated the board's Health and Hospital Committee on the virus, saying that combating its spread is "the bread and butter work that we do in public health everyday."

The county currently has two confirmed cases of the virus. The first case, a man residing in the county, was confirmed on Jan. 31, and the second, a woman visiting the county, was confirmed on Feb. 2 after the woman came into the county Jan. 23. Both people infected have been quarantined at their homes by a legal order, Cody said.

"The pattern of work that we're doing is the same work that we do for measles or meningococcal disease or tuberculosis or syphilis or many other communicable diseases," Cody added, though she also said coronavirus is something "that we still don't know much about."

The virus has reportedly spread from Wuhan, China, to 16 countries and killed more than 2,000 people worldwide.

"I would say the biggest challenge is this is a new virus and there's still a lot we don't know," Cody said. "We still don't know basic information like: how long is someone infectious?"

But Cody said the county maintains that the coronavirus is not circulating through the public.

County Supervisor Joe Simitian asked Cody to reassure him and his constituents that the virus is not an immediate danger to the public.

Cody said the virus spreads "maybe a bit more" than the common cold, and spreads efficiently as the seasonal flu through human-to-human transfer.

"No one really knows what's going to happen next," Cody said. "We are all still learning."

She also said flights into Mineta San Jose International Airport that require screening are presently redirected to other airports. And while the county cannot immediately test to confirm a suspected case of the virus -- only the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can do that, Cody said -- the county could "probably in a matter of days" be able to conduct such tests, though there is not yet a certain date.

"Again, we have no evidence that the virus is circulating," Cody said.

But Simitian pressed further and asked if the public should be concerned about the spread of the virus in the county.

"No," Cody said. "We encourage everyone to go to school every day, go to work every day."

However, she did give a warning to the public.

"Stay home, if you're sick, with whatever you're sick with," Cody said.

Supervisor Susan Ellenberg also questioned Cody and thanked her and her teams for their work to maintain the safety of the county's public health. She asked Cody how much surveillance the health department does of the public to monitor a possible outbreak.

Cody said her teams work seven days per week, with a lighter team on the weekends, and mentioned that "staffing has been a challenge" since the start of the virus outbreak.

"I hope very soon that they have nothing left to do," Ellenberg said.

— Bay City News Service

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3 people like this
Posted by The Business Man
a resident of Castro City
on Feb 20, 2020 at 12:14 pm

But scientifically, they have NO EVIDENCE TO PROVE that it is under control either.

This is just a current status, that no new cases have been seen.

That,s all what we should take from this story.


4 people like this
Posted by Right
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Feb 20, 2020 at 12:45 pm

I agree with the above poster. There is no need to let go of any fear yet. There is no optimistic hope that should be considered at all.
Everyone should stay very scared.


2 people like this
Posted by The Business Man
a resident of Castro City
on Feb 20, 2020 at 1:20 pm

I did not mean be FEARFUL, I say continue due diligence


8 people like this
Posted by Right
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Feb 20, 2020 at 1:29 pm

Got it. Keep us informed, please. We'll follow your lead.


10 people like this
Posted by Member
a resident of Bailey Park
on Feb 20, 2020 at 2:21 pm

80000 died nationally from the flu, maybe we should be more concern with general Principles of hygiene and vigilant about protecting health in general, versus being remotely concerned about a virus that has caused less than 2% of the deaths the flu does every year


2 people like this
Posted by @Member
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Feb 20, 2020 at 4:42 pm

What else should we do? Tell us what to do.


1 person likes this
Posted by The Business Man
a resident of Castro City
on Feb 21, 2020 at 7:25 pm

I guess no one saw the movie Contagion.

The first thing that needs to be done is all public transportation should be using bleach to clean the stations and the vehicles at least once a week.

All public building should be cleaned with bleach at least once a week, including places like malls and movie theaters and restaurants.

This reduces the possibility of either those who are sick and having symptoms, or those who are carriers that do not have symptoms from spreading the disease more rapidly.

At the same time, scientists have to determine the epidemiology of the pathogen.

And finally a vaccine has to be made to create a positive control system.

All those determined with the disease need to be quarantined and those with exposure to them.

This will take time, and it will spread more before real control is established.




1 person likes this
Posted by The Business Man
a resident of Castro City
on Feb 21, 2020 at 8:13 pm

ANOTHER BIG LIE, THE VOTE YES ON MEASURE D PROCLAIMS THAT THE CITY ATTORNEY PREPARED AN IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS. THAT IS NOT POSSIBLE BECAUSE THE CITY ATTORNEY WORKS AND IS PAID BY THE CITY COUNCIL AND ONLY REPRESENTS THE CITY COUNCIL AND CITY CORPORATION.


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