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Santa Clara County announces first coronavirus death

Posted at 1:14 PM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 16:15:19-04

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (KGTV) -- Santa Clara County announced its first coronavirus death Monday.

According to the county’s public health department, the person who died was a woman in her 60s who was hospitalized for several weeks.

The woman was the first person in Santa Clara County to test positive for COVID-19 without any known history of international travel or contact with a traveler. So far, three cases have been reported in that county.

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“This is a tragic development. The Public Health Department is taking necessary, carefully considered steps to slow down the spread of the disease and to protect those at greatest risk,” said Dr. Sara Cody, Health Officer for Santa Clara County. “We are facing a historic public health challenge and know this is a very difficult time. Our top priority continues to be protecting the health of our community.”

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.