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Rep. Ruiz: Riverside County poses low risk to Coronavirus

On Friday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the 7th Coronavirus case in the U.S. Health officials say an adult male tested positive in Santa Clara County.

The CDC describes the virus as a major component of a common cold. They say it's a respiratory virus, spread through things like respiratory droplets.

"I think the concern is that when you don’t know, you have more anxiety," Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz said.

"Currently they have enough information to develop a vaccine and they’re in phase one in developing a vaccine for this. They already have a blood diagnostic test and they’re working with trying to make it a point of care so that hospitals and clinics can have it like we have diagnostic tests for the flu. And they’re also working to test different medications on this virus so the research is ongoing. They’re very wise in preparing for the worst, but working to ensure the best," Rep. Ruiz said.

On Wednesday morning a plane touched down at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County. It was evacuated from Wuhan China-- where the outbreak began. Health officials say all passengers went through thorough screening.

"They went to Alaska, they were screened two more times before getting on the plane there and then while they’re here they’re approached to making sure that they pose no risk," Rep. Ruiz said.

A total of 195 people are in quarantine at the base.

“Most Coronaviruses, as a rule, are somewhere between 2 and 14 days incubation period," Riverside County Public Health Officer, Dr. Cameron Kaiser said.

Medical staff is closely monitoring passengers. They will be in quarantine the full 2 weeks.

Meanwhile, the death toll in China has risen to over 200 people, while there are nearly 10,000 cases reported.

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Shelby Nelson

Shelby Nelson is a News Reporter for KESQ News Channel 3. She joined our team in September 2019. Learn more about Shelby here.

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