More than two months after the new coronavirus officially arrived in the Bay Area, the first person from Lake County tested positive for the virus.
The positive test in the county on the northern outskirts of the Greater Bay Area was confirmed by the Lake County public health worker on Sunday, two days after Sonoma County passed 100 cases.
And while the number of cases in Sonoma County rose to 111 on Sunday, with 20 people hospitalized, the first Lake County resident to test positive is recovering at home in isolation.
The rural county had so far been able to defend itself against the new coronavirus, which is known to cause COVID-19 respiratory disease, by taking aggressive measures in parallel with its most populous neighbors in the bay area South.
The county’s first positive test came 19 days after Lake County made an on-site shelter order and two weeks after officials shut down one of the county’s main economic drivers, recreational activities on Clear Lake, to prevent the spread of the virus.
“All of the efforts people have made in the past month to avoid unnecessary travel and activities have paid off,” Lake County public health officer Gary Pace said in a statement on Sunday. “Compared to Sonoma County and the Bay Area, we have had a few more weeks to prepare for the presence of the virus among us. It is almost certain that we would have had cases earlier and that we would have seen a greater increase in the number of people if we had been less proactive in recent weeks. “
The case comes more than two months after Santa Clara County officials announced on January 31 the first case in the Bay Area, a man who returned on January 24 from a trip to Wuhan, China. This case was only the third in California and the seventh in the United States.
Since the man landed at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport, the number of cases in California has grown to more than 14,800 and there are more than 330,000 cases in the country, including nearly 9 600 deaths.
Sonoma County, which detected its first case on March 2, took a dark step last Friday, reaching 100 confirmed cases of coronavirus. He has added 11 since, including four more on Sunday. About 4% of the 2,373 residents of Sonoma County tested positive for the virus.
Sonoma County health official, Dr Sundari Mase, had promised to release more detailed demographic information when the county reached 100 confirmed cases. Among the new information likely to be released in the coming days, said Mase, there is an age breakdown for those seeking treatment at area hospitals, the locations of the 31 travel-related cases in the county, the underlying medical conditions and more.
“We have to analyze and see what the trends show,” said Mase. “This is something we plan to do this week. (We will) take a look at all of these cases, see what information we have and what things we can give. “
Mase said each of the 111 cases had generated a form with different demographic markers, but health officials had not yet analyzed this information. Among county officials, the question is whether a given data point has enough business to limit the risk of identifying a particular patient.
As such, Mase does not know whether the county is ready to disclose information on the race of those diagnosed or hospitalized, the travel history of residents to a given and specific destination, or whether additional information could be disclosed on cases of children, where only four have been infected so far.