Mon. Mar 4th, 2024

The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) today reported the first case of locally acquired COVID-19, more commonly known as novel coronavirus.

The individual, a woman in her 50s, appears to have acquired infection locally and is currently hospitalized in isolation and reported in stable condition. The HCA’s Public Health Services staff are following-up with people who may have been exposed and an investigation is underway to determine how the individual contracted the virus.

Details about three additional cases confirmed today include:

  • A man in his 70s who is isolated at home, travel-related exposure
  • A man in his 30s who is isolated at home, contact to a known case
  • A man in his 60s who is hospitalized in isolation, travel-related exposure

“As public and private labs increase testing capability and surveillance, we expect to see more cases of COVID-19,” said Dr. Nichole Quick, County Health Officer. “We realize the mitigation strategies that have rolled out this week by schools, businesses, and all levels of government are concerning for community members. We empathize and want to thank OC residents for their flexibility and willingness to make adjustments to their daily lives to help protect and promote the health and wellbeing of their neighbors.”

Orange County now has thirteen cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) reported, including one case that appears to have been locally transmitted. The Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) is identifying and contacting close community exposures to these cases. Case numbers are changing quickly; monitor our website ( for updates. 1629 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the United States; 247 cases have been reported in California. Multiple California jurisdictions are now reporting community spread. Over 125,000 cases have been identified internationally in over 100 countries. Yesterday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Level 3 travel advisory for travel to most countries in Europe. Returning travelers from these countries, as well as China, South Korea, Italy and Iran, are recommended to stay at home for 14 days after return and to contact their medical provider with illness. A list of countries at risk can be found at

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The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

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