The two residents, a man in his 60s and a woman in her 30s, are said to be in good condition and in isolation at their own homes. They do not require hospitalization, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency, whose staff is monitoring the two individuals.
The county intends to reach out to anyone who may have come into contact with the two individuals.
"We are conducting robust contact investigations," the OCHCA tweeted. "If there is a chance that you were exposed to either of these cases while they were out in the community while infectious and you are at risk for contracting illness as a result, you will hear from health officials.
Update: Our two presumptive positive #COVID19 cases are under isolation at home & are fully cooperative w/our Public Health Services staff, who will be monitoring them for the duration of their isolation period. Both reported in good condition & do not require hospitalization.— Health Care Agency (@ochealth) March 4, 2020
#COVID19 testing performed today in our Public Health Lab. Employees wear appropriate personal protective equipment for step at hand (team member pictured is working with a closed system, which is why she is not wearing a hood). Please credit Edward Mertz, OC Health Care Agency. pic.twitter.com/tCQYaJgJM4— Health Care Agency (@ochealth) March 5, 2020
The agency is not releasing the cities the two live in to protect their privacy, noting that most people who come into casual contact with an infected person, such as at a grocery store or movie theater, "are at minimal risk of developing infection."
The two individuals had traveled recently to countries that have widespread reports of COVID-19. The two new cases appear to be in addition to the county's first case, a man in his 50s who was said to have recovered after being diagnosed with the virus.
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Health officials note that not everyone who develops coronavirus symptoms needs to be hospitalized.
"You don't get to talk to anyone, you don't get any of your visitors, you're alone in your room with nurses going in once in a while," said Nicola Hardwood with St. Joseph Hospital in Orange. "It's not fun."
Most who have no other underlying health conditions are advised to isolate themselves at home. They should maintain a distance of six feet from other people and wear a mask. The mask should be properly fitted or it won't be fully effective.
People who have contracted coronavirus are contagious for 14 days following the onset of symptoms. People are advised to have an emergency kit ready in advance, with 14 days of food, water and other supplies.
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