OC Health Care Agency Confirms First Case of Novel Coronavirus in Orange County, California

(Santa Ana, CA) – The OC Health Care Agency’s (HCA) Communicable Disease Control Division received confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this evening that an Orange County, California case has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The case, a traveler from Wuhan, China, has been in contact with the HCA and was provided guidance in order to reduce exposure to the public while awaiting laboratory confirmation from the CDC. The individual has now been transported to a local hospital and is in isolation in good condition.

In consultation with the CDC and the California Department of Public Health, the HCA is following up directly with all individuals who have had close contact with the case and are at risk of infection.

  • The HCA will be monitoring any close contacts and assure that proper evaluation and care is provided if they become ill.
  • The CDC’s guidance indicates that people who have casual contact with a case (in the same grocery store or movie theater) are at minimal risk of developing infection.
  • There is no evidence that person-to-person transmission has occurred in Orange County.
  • The current risk of local transmission remains low.

No additional details about the case will be released at this time.