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2 additional cases of coronavirus confirmed in LA County, public health officials say

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Posted at 1:32 PM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 16:50:23-05

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Los Angeles County public health officials on Friday confirmed two additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 13, according to our ABC affiliate ABC7.

According to the report, one individual is part of a group of travelers who went to northern Italy. The second is another screener at Los Angeles International Airport.

Officials said they were "most likely exposed by an infected traveler at the same location."

A contracted medical professional who conducted passenger screenings at Los Angeles International Airport tested positive for coronavirus late Tuesday night, according to a statement from the Department of Homeland Security.

The department has asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to assist in investigating those two cases, while also working to identify individuals who may have had "close personal contact" with the infected individuals.

New coronavirus cases were also reported Friday in Contra Costa and Placer counties.

In Placer County, three cases were announced, all of them among people who had traveled on the Grand Princess cruise ship from San Francisco to Mexico on Feb. 11-21.

The new cases were announced days after a state of emergency was declared in L.A. County and 10 other cases of the virus were confirmed.