With four of the nation’s 11 confirmed instances, Northern California as of Monday had turned into the residence to the U.S.’s highest focus of the coronavirus, a distinction that public well-being officers say they’ve been getting ready for given the region’s shut ties to China.
Within the days since, a second Santa Clara County case and two extra in neighboring San Benito County have been confirmed, together with the second-identified case of individual-to-particular person transmission inside the U.S.
The scenario is quickly evolving. Airlines are eliminating most flights between the Bay Area and China, and the U.S. has undertaken extraordinary measures to gradual the unfold of the virus in North America, barring entry to most non-residents who visited China previously two weeks.
Four army bases — together with Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield — have been chosen to deal with people who have been evacuated whereas touring abroad as a result of the virus.
In line with a Travis Air Force Base Facebook submit, the bottom was chosen to help the Department of Health and Human Services on the request of Defense Secretary Mark Esper to offer housing for a minimum of 250 individuals at four completely different Department of Protection installations by Feb. 29.
In keeping with a Twitter put up by Jonathan Rath Hoffman, Esper’s public affairs assistant, the opposite three bases have been Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, and the 168th Regiment Regional Training Institute in Colorado.
Many of the 17,000 instances worldwide have been in China, and the place is greater than 300 individuals have died from the virus for the reason that outbreak erupted within the metropolis of Wuhan, about 500 miles west of Shanghai.
However, the Philippines over the weekend confirmed the death of a 44-year-old man there from Wuhan — the primary fatality outdoors of China — and his 38-year-old female companion, additionally from Wuhan, has additionally examined constructive for the virus and was hospitalized in Manila.
In the U.S., two instances have been confirmed in Southern California, along with the 4 in Northern California. 2 have been confirmed in Illinois and one every within the states of Washington, Arizona, and Massachusetts.
Within the Bay Area’s Chinese American communities, fears are operating excessive. At Pacific Rim Plaza in north San Jose, the enterprise has been down all weekend at eating places and outlets, retailers say.