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COVID-19 Update 2020-03-05

Due to the growing concern over the global spread of the so called "Coronavirus", KSCO has decided to provide accurate and timely information to help the community make smart sane decisions.

There are currently 98,067 of COVID-19 confirmed globally, with 3,356 deaths and 54,135 recoveries.

South Korea is reporting close to 5 hundred new confirmed cases for the day. Iran, close to 6 hundred, Italy currently 769. Germany more than doubled their confirmed cases today, now at 545 total.

Schools are closed in South Korea, Iran, Japan, France, Italy, Pakistan and China.

There are 55 new confirmed cases in the US so far today, bringing the total to 213. There are 35 confirmed cases in the Bay Area, including two new cases in San Francisco with no known exposure risk, suggesting community transmission.

California declared a state of emergency yesterday. According to Governor Newsom, "This emergency proclamation will help the state further prepare our communities and our health care system in the event it spreads more broadly."

The Santa Cruz County Human Services Agency Public Health Division has declared a Health Emergency in Santa Cruz County. "This emergency declaration is intended to boost preparation efforts against further coronavirus cases and will allow the county government to request additional aid from the state if local resources run low."

Monterey County Public Health Lab is set to receive test kits this week as the CDC issues new guidance to clarify that any clinician or health authority can administer the test.

There continue to be Zero confirmed cases in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties.

There are no local shortages of food or toilet paper, though it is always a good idea to have an emergency supply.

You can find out more from the County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency, by going to santacruzhealth.org.

If you experience Fever, Cough or Shortness of Breath, please call your Health Care Professional.

As is always true to prevent any communicable disease, stay home if you are sick, wash your hands frequently, cough or sneeze into your elbow, avoid touching your face, and remember, don't pick your nose!!

- The COVID-19 Update from KSCO's Director of Digital Media, Jonty McCollyer

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