1st case of coronavirus in Northern California confirmed

Posted at 2:31 PM, Jan 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-31 17:31:53-05

(AP/KGTV) — Officials in the San Francisco Bay Area say a man has tested positive for the coronavirus, the first case in Northern California.

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department says the CDC earlier today confirmed the man's test had come back positive.

Two cases in Los Angeles and one in Orange County have already been confirmed. Earlier this week, San Diego health officials received word that a possible local case tested negative for the virus.


Friday, the White House declared a public health emergency over the virus. While the CDC said the risk to Americans is low, they said the situation in China is a "serious health situation."

The alert will prohibit foreign nationals who have been to China in the last 14 days from entering the U.S. Travel from China is being funneled through seven U.S. airports: New York's JFK, Chicago's O'Hare, San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta, Honolulu, and Los Angeles' LAX airports.

The White House's emergency order goes into effect Sunday at 5 p.m.

While officials say the risk in the U.S. is low, the situation in China has worsened over the last week, as 217 have died from the virus, with 9,700 cases confirmed.