SAN BENITO COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) — Health officials announced Sunday that there are two confirmed cases of the coronavirus in San Benito County.
Officials said the cases are connected; the patients are husband and wife, both 57 years old.
The husband recently traveled from Wuhan, China. The wife did not, making this another person-to-person transmission. Officials said neither patients have left their home since the husband returned from China.
“We continue to monitor the situation closely to protect the health of San Benito County residents and limit the spread of this virus,” said Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, San Benito County Health Officer. “We are working closely with Bay Area health officials, local health care providers and community partners.”
This is the second person-to-person case in the United States, and brings the national total to 11. The first was reported on Thursday, when a woman in Chicago infected her husband after returned from China.
The viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 17,000 people globally, and on Sunday, China reported 361 deaths from new virus and 2,829 new cases.