Bay Area Coronavirus Update: Santa Clara Up To 11 Cases

First case found in Berkeley

Jim Taylor
March 03, 2020 - 3:20 pm
This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.

Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM

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There were two new cases of coronavirus in Santa Clara County and another in Berkeley reported Tuesday.

Officials have not determined how the Santa Clara County patients were exposed to the virus. They raise the county's total to 11 since the start of the outbreak. 

The patient in Berkeley is the East Bay city's first with COVID-19, public health officials said.  

The Berkeley resident had returned home Feb. 23 "from one of the growing number of countries with a COVID-19 outbreak," a statement from the city said. 

“While the risk of infection remains low, the expanded presence of the virus in our community is a reality we should all prepare for,” said Dr. Lisa Hernandez, the city's health officer. “There are steps that all of us in the community can take now to improve basic hygiene and also prepare for a wider spread in the future.” 

There have been nine deaths in the U.S. from the virus, all in Washington state. 

With concerns mounting about the virus, Google announced it is canceling its annual I/O developer conference. It had been scheduled for May 12-14 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre. Last year, more than 7,000 visitors attended the event. 

It's the latest in a series of events and conferences that have been scrapped due to the outbreak. 

Twitter has begun encouraging its 5,000 employees to work remotely

Concerned about being exposed through travel, the resident largely stayed at home in a voluntary self-imposed quarantine.