Berkeley confirms its first case of coronavirus – NBC Bay Area

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A Berkeley resident who recently returned from a trip abroad has conducted a test for COVID-19, the city health official said Tuesday.

The resident, who is the first confirmed case of the city of East Bay of the new coronavirus, returned to Berkeley on February 23 from one of a growing number of countries with an outbreak of COVID-19, city officials said.

Concerned about being exposed to travel, the resident “has largely stayed at home in a voluntary self-imposed quarantine,” said Dr. Lisa Hernández, Berkeley Health Officer.

The Berkeley health office is investigating whether the infected person had contact with others. Those who have been “potentially exposed” will be identified, notified and evaluated, authorities said. Berkeley City Administrator Dee Williams-Ridley on Tuesday proclaimed a local emergency, which allows the city to raise resources to prepare for additional cases.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the USA. UU. And the California Department of Public Health is providing guidance on exposure and risk management for the new case, city officials said. “While the risk of infection remains low, the expanded presence of the virus in our community is a reality for which we all must prepare,” said Hernandez.

Like other jurisdictions, the city recommends residents wash their hands often with soap and water; staying home when sick; do not touch faces with unwashed hands; and cover the cough with a handkerchief or your elbow.

The city’s website on COVID-19 is at cityofberkeley.info/coronavirus/.

On Friday at noon, a one-hour Twitter town hall will be held with Dr. Hernandez. Questions can be tweeted to @CityofBerkeley using the hashtag # BerkCOVID19, or use an online form to submit anonymously.

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