The US just confirmed its 11th coronavirus case: A husband and wife in San Benito county, California. Here's what we know about all the US patients.
A deadly coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China, has spread to 24 other countries. The US has confirmed 11 cases of the coronavirus: two in Illinois, six in California, one in Arizona, one in Washington, and one in Massachusetts. The 10th and 11th cases, a 57-year-old husband and wife in San Benito County, California, was confirmed on Sunday. A case in Chicago reported last week was the first human-to-human transmission in the US. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
The US has confirmed its eleventh case of a new coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China. On Sunday, officials confirmed several patients in California, including a woman in Santa Clara County, and a husband and wife from San Benito County, had been infected with the virus. According to CBS San Francisco, Santa Clara County health officials announced on Sunday a woman visiting family in the Bay Area from China was confirmed to have been struck with the virus. Within two hours, the San Benito County Public Health Services said a husband and wife, both 57, were infected with the virus. The husband had recently traveled to Wuhan and passed the virus on to his wife upon return to California. Last week, the first documented instance of human-to-human transmission of the virus in the US was identified in Illinois. The other US cases were reported in Illinois, Arizona, California, and Washington, and Massachusetts. In total, the outbreak has killed more than 362 people and infected more than 17,000 since it started in December. Beyond China, it has spread to 24 other countries: Australia, Cambodia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the UK, the US, and Vietnam. The coronavirus family is a large group of viruses that typically affect the respiratory tract. Coronaviruses can lead to illnesses such as the common cold, pneumonia, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which resulted in 8,000 cases and 774 deaths in China from November 2002 to July 2003. Patients with the new coronavirus — known as 2019-nCoV — have reported symptoms like fever, coughing, and difficulty breathing. Those who have died were mostly elderly or otherwise unwell, according to Chinese officials. Here's everything we know about the seven cases in the US.The new cases in San Benito County, California, brings the total number of US cases up to 11.
On Sunday, the San Benito County Health and Human Services Agency announced that two cases of the virus had been confirmed in the county. "The confirmed cases are related; husband and wife, and both are 57 years of age," the agency wrote in a statement. The statement continued: "The husband recently traveled from Wuhan, China. The wife did not. Therefore, there has been person-to-person transmission. Both patients have not left their home since returning from China. "San Benito County Public Health Services provided guidance for home isolation and is closely monitoring their medical condition. Currently, both patients are not hospitalized." Earlier on Sunday, a woman in the San Francisco Bay Area was confirmed as having the coronavirus.
The Santa Clara County Public Health Department on Sunday confirmed that a Bay Area woman had contracted the virus while on a visit to Wuhan, China. "She has stayed home since she arrived, except for two times to seek outpatient medical care," Dr. Sara Cody, Santa Clara County's health officer, told the press. "She has been regularly monitored and was never sick enough to be hospitalized." The woman's family has also been isolated and is not leaving the home, Cody added. On Friday, officials in Santa Clara County said a resident of the county tested positive for the coronavirus.
Officials confirmed that an adult man who lives in the county tested positive for the virus. They said the man returned from a trip to Wuhan and Shanghai on January 24 and did not leave his home except to seek medical care. "We've been preparing for this possibility for weeks, knowing that we were likely to eventually confirm a case," Dr. Sara Cody, Santa Clara County's health officer, said in a Friday press conference. Cody added that the man had come into contact with "very few individuals" since his return, including household members, but said officials were monitoring those people. The man did not need to be hospitalized and was being treated at home, she added. "We're actually quite lucky in this case in that I think the contact list is going to be very short," Cody said. Officials said the cases of the man and the woman who have been infected in Santa Clara County are not related. On Saturday, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health confirmed that a man returning from Wuhan had contracted the illness.
Massachusetts confirmed its first case of coronavirus on Saturday. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health said in a statement that a man in his 20s, who lives in Boston, was confirmed to have picked up the illness in Wuhan. "The risk to the public from the 2019 novel coronavirus remains low in Massachusetts," the department said. It added: "The man recently traveled to Wuhan, China, and sought medical care soon after his return to Massachusetts. He has been isolated since that time and will continue to remain isolated until cleared by public health officials. His few close contacts have been identified and are being monitored for any sign of symptoms." The first US case was reported on January 21, when a man in his 30s was confirmed sick in Snohomish County, Washington.
The patient contracted the virus after visiting Wuhan but did not exhibit any symptoms while traveling. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is requiring 20 US airports — including those in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Chicago — to screen passengers for the virus. All flights in and out of Wuhan have been canceled. The man who contracted the virus landed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport before the protocols were instated. Health officials said they were able to detect this case early, and the man has been under strict isolation. Chris Spitters, a health officer for the Snohomish Health District, said during a CDC briefing on January 21 that the patient was "hospitalized out of an abundance of precaution and for short-term monitoring, not because there was severe illness." The man is in good health now, according to a spokesman at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, Herald Net reported. Three days later, a woman in her 60s became the second case reported in the US. She is being treated in Chicago, Illinois.
The woman traveled to Wuhan in December to care for her elderly father, then returned to Chicago on January 13. She did not exhibit any symptoms while traveling but called her doctor a few days after returning to the US to report that she was feeling unwell. The patient was sent to a local hospital, where she was isolated and given fluids. Doctors are treating her symptoms much like they would treat pneumonia. As of January 24, the woman was in stable condition, the CDC said, according to Chicago's ABC7 News. Local health officials said she did not take public transportation or attend any public gatherings. "I want to start by stating clearly: This is a single travel-associated case, not a local emergency," Allison Arwady, the commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said, according to ABC. "I can reassure you that even with this Chicago case, the health risk to the general public from novel coronavirus remains low at this time." The CDC confirmed that the spouse of the Chicago patient also contracted the virus. His case represents the first person-to-person spread of the virus in the US.
The woman's spouse had not traveled to China. Three other US cases were confirmed on January 26: two in California and one in Arizona.
On January 22, a Wuhan resident who was traveling through Los Angeles International Airport on his way to China reported that he wasn't feeling well to airport staff. He was immediately taken to a local hospital. The second California case was identified in Orange County. The patient there is being kept in isolation in a hospital and is reported to be doing well. In Arizona, meanwhile, a patient is also in isolation. The person lives in Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix. Health officials described the patient as "a member of the Arizona State University community" but said the person did not live in university housing. All three patients recently traveled from Wuhan. At least 241 people across 36 states had been tested or were awaiting tests for the virus as of Saturday.
The CDC reported that 114 people have tested negative for the virus as of January 31. "At this time this virus is NOT currently spreading in the community in the United States," the CDC said on Saturday. On Sunday, the Department of Homeland Security announced new travel restrictions and said airline passengers who have been in China in the last 14 days will be screened on arrival and may be subject to quarantine. Those who have the coronavirus reported symptoms like fever, coughing, and difficulty breathing.
The CDC recommends that all travelers wash their hands frequently with soap and water and scrub for at least 20 seconds. They should refrain from touching their eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. The US government evacuated 195 Americans from Wuhan on Tuesday.
The flight landed at the March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, California, on Wednesday. It carried US state department employees who were working at the consulate in Wuhan, as well as their families. All of the passengers will be kept under quarantine for 14 days, the CDC announced on Friday. All of Wuhan's public transportation — including buses, ferries, and trains — was shut down last week. Trains and airplanes coming in and out of the city were halted, and roadblocks were installed to keep taxis and private cars from exiting the city. Wuhan's 11 million residents were told not to leave the city, barring special circumstances. Morgan McFall-Johnsen contributed reporting for this story.
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"There's a lack of confidence that the industry is prepared to adequately provide a safe environment for patients that have the virus and for patients that don't have the virus, and provide safe working conditions for the people caring for them." As coronavirus case numbers swell, asking health workers to stay home for two weeks after they're exposed could leave hospitals short-staffed. "Already, hospitals and nursing homes are often not staffed appropriately," Rosselli said. "If a lot of health care workers contract the virus and have to stay home, obviously at the same time, more patients are being admitted to hospitals. It's potentially a huge critical situation." On Saturday, the CDC updated its recommendations to encourage healthcare providers who have been exposed to the coronavirus but aren't experiencing symptoms to continue coming in to work. They should check their temperature daily and wear face masks, the CDC said. Healthcare workers have a high risk of getting coronavirus The coronavirus has infected at least 111,000 people and killed 3,300. Nearly three-quarters of all cases have been in China. The US has over 600 cases; of these, 26 patients have died. Healthcare workers are particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases like the coronavirus for a handful of reasons. First, medical staff members are exposed to more viral particles than the general public. Second, they face potential shortages of protective supplies and tests as the tide of patients rises. Third, a combination of stress and long hours could make their immune systems more vulnerable than normal. In China, nearly 3,400 healthcare workers have contracted the virus. At least 13 have died. The US could see 4.8 million coronavirus hospitalizations Dr. James Lawler, a professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, offered estimates of how much the virus might spread in the US in a February webinar hosted by the American Hospital Association. His projections suggest the US could see 96 million cases of coronavirus, 4.8 million hospitalizations, and 480,000 deaths. Hospitals should prepare for an impact on the system 10 times that of a severe flu season, the presentation said. The CDC has lagged behind in testing and confirming suspected cases — as of Sunday, about 1,700 people had been tested. This also puts healthcare workers at risk of exposure, since limited testing raises the likelihood that patients go undiagnosed and spread the virus in medical settings. In Solano County, California, a patient with coronavirus went undiagnosed for four days each at two different hospitals last month because she didn't meet the CDC's coronavirus testing requirements. Over 200 employees between the two hospitals were exposed and have had to self-quarantine for weeks. Three have tested positive for coronavirus. "Healthcare providers may be being exposed, other patients may be being exposed, and until you can give confidence to people about those answers, we are in a crisis here," Yale professor Howard Forman, a radiologist and expert in healthcare management, told Business Insider. US hospitals are asking patients who suspect they might have the coronavirus to call ahead. That way, health workers can ensure they're taken to an isolation room, and that all of the health workers involved wear personal protective gear. But that's not what always happens, Rosselli said. "There's all kinds of workers that have direct contact with patients," said Rosselli. "There's a much larger number of housekeepers, dietary workers, technicians, radiologists, x-ray technicians, clerical workers." "It goes way beyond nurses and physicians," he added. Many healthcare workers at the Life Care Center were exposed At the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington, 13 residents and one visitor have died. Officials said 70 staff members out of 180 had symptoms resembling coronavirus as of Saturday. In addition, 26 firefighters and three police officers who had contact with facility residents are also under quarantine. Kirkland Patch reported that 12 of those responders are experiencing flu-like symptoms. Tim Killian, a spokesman for the center, said the state had provided enough test kits for all of the residents, but it was not clear whether there were also enough kits to test all staff members. In addition, 20 staff members at the Valley Medical Center in Renton, Washington, are being tested for coronavirus after exposure to a patient there. One has already tested positive and is in isolation. Eleven are awaiting results under quarantine. Given the risk of staff shortages at hospitals like this, the CDC updated its recommendations for healthcare workers and facilities over the weekend, removing a requirement that asymptomatic workers who'd been exposed to a coronavirus patient stay home. Asymptomatic transmission of the coronavirus has been recorded before, however. A study last month found that 20-year-old woman from Wuhan, China, transmitted the coronavirus to five family members without ever showing symptoms. 'I did this assuming that if something happened to me, of course I too would be cared for' After potential exposure to a coronavirus patient in a northern California Kaiser facility, an anonymous quarantined nurse released an open letter about her situation through the California Nurses Association. "As a nurse, I'm very concerned that not enough is being done to stop the spread of the coronavirus. I know because I am currently sick and in quarantine after caring for a patient who tested positive," she wrote. "I'm awaiting 'permission' from the federal government to allow for my testing, even after my physician and county health professional ordered it. I volunteered to be on the care team for this patient, who we knew was positive. I did this because I had all the recommended protective gear and training from my employer. I did this assuming that if something happened to me, of course I too would be cared for." Many health workers are concerned about getting paid during self-quarantine, Rosselli added. Some hospitals haven't released guidelines yet around whether quarantines count as sick time, paid time off, or unpaid time. "It's not unusual for healthcare workers to live from week-to-week because they're working class people generally, especially in nursing homes where the wages and benefits are inferior," he added. "If employers don't commit to paying folks if they have symptoms or if they contract the virus, we're concerned that people will hide the symptoms because they live from week-to-week and can't afford to take work off without pay." Lydia Ramsey and Jessica Snouwaert contributed reporting. Have you been personally affected by the coronavirus epidemic? Are you a healthcare worker on the front lines of this disease? Have you or someone you know been tested or diagnosed? We want to hear your story. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org. SEE ALSO: People are racing to buy face masks amid the coronavirus outbreak, but they probably won't protect you from illness Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Pathologists debunk 13 myths about the coronavirus, including why masks won't help
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A US patient infected with coronavirus was accidentally released from hospital after initial tests failed to pick up symptoms
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