UPDATED 1:18 PM PT — Saturday, February 1, 2020
An eighth case of the deadly coronavirus has been discovered in the United States. On Friday, officials confirmed a man in Massachusetts contracted the virus after visiting Wuhan, China.
The man sought care and has been quarantined since returning to the states. Those whom he’s had contact with are also being monitored for symptoms.
This came after officials in northern California confirmed the seventh coronavirus case in the nation.
“Earlier today, the CDC notified us that a resident of our county is confirmed to have the novel coronavirus,” stated Dr. Sarah Cody. “As you know, this is the first case in Santa Clara County and in the Bay Area.”
The Santa Clara resident had also traveled to Wuhan and tested positive for the illness upon his return home. Officials said anyone who made contact with him will be quarantined for 14 days.
The Trump administration declared a public health emergency in the U.S. on Friday amid the rising number of coronavirus cases. The World Health Organization has also declared the outbreak a global health emergency in the wake of its rapid spread.
“The main reason for this declaration is not because of what is happening in China, but because of what is happening in other countries,” explained WHO Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “The greatest concern is for the virus to spread to countries with weaker health systems, which are ill prepared to deal with it.”
So far, over 250 people have died and more than 12,000 have been infected worldwide.