Riverside County Declares Public Health Emergency After Coronavirus Detected In Community

The coronavirus was first seen in a controlled setting. The March AFB held passangers returning from Wuhan, China, in quarantine for weeks.

Riverside is now facing the music when it comes to the Coronavirus. An ageing, middle class retiree group of cruise ship riders is likely to continue spreading the virus even after being cleared and even after leaving the cruise ship, with poor testing and even poorer understanding of how communicable diseases work.

According to the CBS Los Angeles:

“The Riverside County Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser made the announcement Sunday morning, one day after news of the locally acquired case was shared with the public.

The county has two COVID-19 cases overall. A former cruise ship passenger from Riverside County was recently diagnosed with COVID-19 and was recovering at a Northern California medical facility over the weekend. That individual has not returned to Riverside County since leaving the cruise ship.

“We have always known this was a possibility,” Kaiser said of the first locally acquired case. “We have been planning for weeks and are prepared to take the necessary steps to protect the health of our local community.”

Lee Rice, public information officer for Eisenhower, said: “Eisenhower Health is currently treating a patient who is considered a presumptive positive for coronavirus after testing by Riverside County Public Health. The patient is in isolation and Eisenhower staff have taken appropriate precautions in the treatment of this patient. No further information about the patient will be provided at this time.”

Riverside County: Patient Zero

The individual, who is not being identified because of confidentiality rules, tested positive for COVID-19 and was currently undergoing care at Eisenhower Health in Rancho Mirage, according to Riverside University Health System – Public Health. An investigation is underway to determine how the individual contracted COVID-19. Public Health officials say they are is following up on people who may have been exposed.

— Riverside Public Health

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