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Riverside County health officials announce first locally acquired case of COVID-19

Post Date:03/08/2020 7:20 AM

Riverside University Health System – Public Health announced last night the first case of locally acquired COVID-19, more commonly known as novel coronavirus.

The individual, who is not being identified because of confidentiality rules, tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently undergoing care at Eisenhower Health in Rancho Mirage. Public Health is following up on people who may have been exposed, and an investigation is in progress to determine how the individual contracted COVID-19.

This is the second case overall recorded in a Riverside County resident; a former cruise ship passenger from Riverside County was diagnosed with COVID-19 recently and is recovering at a Northern California medical facility. That individual has not returned to Riverside County since leaving the cruise ship. 

“We have always known this was a possibility,” Kaiser, Riverside County Health Officer, said of the first locally acquired case. “We have been planning for weeks and are prepared to take the necessary steps to protect the health of our local community.”

The City of Corona continues to work collaboratively with the Riverside County Public Health Department, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to actively monitor the situation.

Coronaviruses are respiratory viruses and are generally spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms of novel coronavirus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The City of Corona encourages you to follow best practices to keep yourself and others healthy. 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.

Corona’s local medical centers are well prepared to take care of patients that may present with Coronavirus symptoms. Before going to the doctor’s office or emergency room, individuals showing symptoms of respiratory illness are encouraged to call ahead.

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