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San Diego County woman tests positive for coronavirus following overseas travel

Posted at 7:14 PM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 15:47:29-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- San Diego health officials Monday night confirmed the county’s first presumptive positive case of coronavirus.

Dr. Wilma Wooten said the woman, who is in her 50s, tested positive after traveling overseas to an unspecified location and time.

"The case and exposure details are under investigation," Wooten said.

The woman, a San Diego County resident, is in the hospital and is doing well, according to Wooten. Scripps Health officials confirmed that the patient is being treated at Scripps Green Hospital.

Scripps Health also said: "As a cautionary measure, we have taken immediate steps to identify staff who may have been exposed and place them on home quarantine as appropriate with our full support, and we will provide additional staffing as needed. We are also assisting the county in identifying anyone not on Scripps’ staff who may have been exposed. If identified, the county will provide notification and manage those cases."

Officials said Scripps Green and the nearby Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines are "safe for patient care and all appointments and procedures are continuing as usual at both facilities."

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Health officials say at least one person in the woman's household is under self-quarantine. There were also "some healthcare worker exposure contacts" that are being investigated, but officials said there was no known general public contact at this time.

Wooten did say that more cases are probably.

"It is not unexpected that we will have more cases of COVID-19 in San Diego, and we will report those to the public as they are determined," Wooten said.

Watch the news conference on the announcement below:

Also Monday night, the University of California San Diego announced that all lecture and discussion courses would be delivered remotely.

“Starting in Spring Quarter, all lecture and discussion courses will be delivered remotely. In the context of our campus, this will mainly involve offering conventional courses via online teaching and learning tools,” the university said in a message to students and staff.

All university-sponsored athletic events are scheduled to continue, but will now be “fan-less,” the school said.

The university also asked students and staff to postpone or cancel all events or meetings expected to have more than 100 people.

San Diego State University also announced that it suspended all spring break and summer study abroad programs.

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Read the message from SDSU below:

Upon careful consideration of the potential health and financial risks to students and their families, and due to the long-term uncertainty of the impact of COVID-19, SDSU has decided to suspend all study abroad programs administered by SDSU Global Affairs for spring break and summer. The university does not have the authority to suspend third-party partner programs in other countries.

This decision follows the previously announced suspension of spring semester study abroad programs in China, South Korea, and Italy after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. The Department of State issued levels 3 or 4 travel advisories due to the increased risk of COVID-19 transmission in those countries.

The news comes as the Grand Princess cruise ship pulled into port in Northern California.

Those aboard who are California residents will be taken to Travis Air Force Base and MCAS Miramar for a 14-day quarantine.