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Posted on: March 3, 2020

Tracking coronavirus: Orange County update

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (March 3, 2020) — The Orange County Health Care Agency, which serves Anaheim and rest of our county, has reported two presumptive cases of coronavirus infection and is awaiting confirmation of testing results from the federal Centers for Disease Control.

The patients are a man in his 60s and a woman in her 30s with recent travel to countries with coronavirus outbreaks.

The agency has not provided any additional details, including cities of residence for the patients. You can read OC Health’s information here.

Orange County has seen one confirmed coronavirus case, in January in the city of Irvine. That patient has fully recovered.

Without additional details on the two patients awaiting confirmation testing, there are no known active, confirmed cases in Anaheim.

Beyond basic precautions, there are no specific concerns for Anaheim, with daily life continuing as usual.

There are no federal, state or local health advisories for our city or Orange County.

You can track updates for our city at Anaheim.net/coronavirus.

As with communities across the country, Anaheim and our region could see cases, particularly as awareness and testing grows.

As a city, we routinely prepare for fires, earthquakes and other incidents. As a precaution, we are planning how to handle coronavirus cases here, should we see them.

The primary responsibility for infectious outbreaks is with the Orange County Health Care Agency, which we are in regular contact with.

Anaheim Emergency Management & Preparedness, a division of Anaheim Fire & Rescue, is leading city planning and response should we encounter cases here, all in support of any leading actions taken by the Health Care Agency.

Helping to prevent the spread of coronavirus takes everyone.

The basic precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus are similar to avoiding the flu or a cold.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol
  • Wash or sanitize your hands before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you’re sick

If you are traveling to Anaheim or a resident traveling, you should also follow some basic precautionary guidelines.

Wash and sanitize your hands often

Don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

Avoid close contact with people who are sick

Cover yourself when sneezing or coughing

If you have any health concerns check with your doctor before traveling

Don’t travel with a fever or respiratory sickness

You can find more information from the OC Health Care Agency here.

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