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Madera County Department of Public Health confirms first known Coronavirus case

Posted at 10:07 AM, Mar 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-07 13:26:36-05

On Saturday Madera County Department of Public Health officials confirmed the first known Coronavirus case in the area. Public Health officials said they are treating one person for the virus.

According to the press release, "On March 5, 2020, the California Department of Public Health contacted the Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) to begin monitoring a husband and wife returning from a Princess Cruise."

The couple remained isolated in their Madera County home when one of them began to develop symptoms, according to the health department. The person was taken to Madera Community Hospital for medical care and testing.

Public health officials said the patient is in stable condition, and "This is an isolated case with a known source of transmission."

In a statement, Madera County Public Health Officer Dr. Simon Paul said, "We wish the patient a quick return to health. The safety and well-being of our community remains our top priority. We ask community members to take the same precautions used in flu prevention: stay home when ill, wash hands frequently, covering coughs at all times, and practicing social distancing."

This is a developing story and will be updated.