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New Coronavirus Case Identified In Santa Clara County

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Another case of possible novel coronavirus transmission within the community has been reported in Santa Clara County.

This new case is an older woman with a chronic health condition, Dr. Sara Cody, director of the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, said at a late-afternoon press conference. The woman was hospitalized for difficulty breathing. Her physician called Wednesday night, and testing for the disease, COVID-19, came back positive.

Health officials have been working since last night to identify the woman's contacts and understand who she might have been exposed to. As of now, she is not known to have traveled abroad or to have been exposed to someone who was known to be infected.

This is the third known case of coronavirus in Santa Clara County, according to health officials. Teams from the Centers for Disease Control and the California Department of Public Health are now assisting the county at its operations center. But Cody said this was a signal that it's time for public health agencies to shift their strategy.

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"What we know now is that the virus is here present at some level. But we still don't know to what degree. An important priority therefore for us is to conduct public health surveillance to determine the extent of what's happening. Now that our county public health laboratory has the ability to run the test, we can more quickly evaluate what's happening in our community."

You can watch the full announcement below: