The second and third Orange County cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) were confirmed yesterday. Both cases had a history of recent international travel to a country with known local spread of COVID-19. The Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) is identifying and contacting any community exposures to these cases.
Multiple cases of COVID-19 infection in persons without a history of international travel were identified last week in Northern California, Oregon and Washington state. These cases are the first indications of community transmission in this country. Several cases in Washington state have passed away, marking the country’s first COVID-19 deaths. Over 80,000 cases have been identified worldwide. In addition to China, South Korea, Japan, Italy and Iran all are now reporting significant local transmission.
OCHCA’s public health laboratory can now perform COVID-19 clinical testing for patients.