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4 total cases of coronavirus confirmed in San Francisco Bay Area, neighboring county

Two cases of coronavirus were confirmed in the San Francisco Bay Area and two related cases were confirmed in San Benito County.

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, Calif. — A husband and wife in San Benito County are confirmed to be the third and fourth cases of coronavirus in northern California.

In a news release from San Benito County spokesperson Sam Perez, he said the husband recently traveled from Wuhan, China, but his wife had not. Neither left their home since the husband returned from China. 

Officials say the case was a person-to-person transmission. The husband and wife are both 57-years-old, and are not hospitalized at this time, according to San Benito County health officials.

“We continue to monitor the situation closely to protect the health of San Benito County residents and limit the spread of this virus,” said Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, San Benito County Health Officer. “We are working closely with Bay Area health officials, local health care providers and community partners.” 

“While the virus is considered a serious public health threat, based on current information, the risk to the general public in California and locally in San Benito County continues to be low at this time,” stated Dr. Fenstersheib.

Earlier on Sunday, a woman in the San Francisco Bay Area who became ill after returning from a trip to China was confirmed as the second case of coronavirus in northern California.

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department said Sunday that the woman traveled to the Chinese city that's at the center of the outbreak. 

They say she was never sick enough to be hospitalized and isolated herself at home. 

The vast majority of coronavirus cases and all but one of the deaths have been in China. The first death outside China from the new virus was recorded Sunday in the Philippines.



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