By: Ian Michael Anzlowar, Michelle Cornelius and Chelsea Pan
On Jan. 25, the OC Health Care Agency (HCA) confirmed the first Orange County case of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Santa Ana, tracing the source to a traveler from Wuhan, China, the origin of the disease.
“In Orange County, we have had a single confirmed case of the novel coronavirus that was reported to us yesterday, and that is in a traveler from Wuhan,” said Dr. Nichole Quick, County Health Officer. “We have no evidence of human-to-human transmission in Orange County, and we believe the local risk remains low.”
Quick reports the patient to be a 50-year-old man who is currently in isolation and good condition at a local hospital. The UCI Student Health Center has confirmed that the individual is not a UCI student, faculty, staff or patient.
In regards to preventative measures in Orange County, Quick said, “We are in the midst of flu season right now. It is very important to get yourself vaccinated. If you are ill, stay home. Hand hygiene is critical. Wash [your] hands frequently before eating [or] touching your face. If you are coughing or sneezing, remember to cover your…
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