For Immediate Release: March 3, 2020
Contact: Jessica Good, Public Information Manager

Email: JGood@ochca.com

OC Health Care Agency Reports Two Presumptive Positive Cases of COVID-19

(Santa Ana, CA) – The OC Health Care Agency’s (HCA) Public Health Laboratory today confirmed two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19, a man in his 60s and a female in her 30s with recent travel to countries with widespread transmission. 

The HCA is sending the samples to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for confirmation and results are pending.

“The more you look for something, the more likely you are to find it,” said Dr. Nichole Quick, County Health Officer. “Now that our Public Health Laboratory is able to perform COVID-19 testing, we expect to see more cases here in Orange County. Our residents should take everyday precautions to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses like covering your coughs and sneezes, avoiding touching your face, and washing your hands frequently.”

The HCA is following up directly with all individuals who have had close contact with both cases and are at risk of infection.
  • The HCA will be monitoring any close contacts and assure that proper evaluation and care is provided if they become ill.
  • The CDC’s guidance indicates that people who have casual contact with a case (in the same grocery store or movie theater) are at minimal risk of developing infection.

No additional details about the cases will be released this evening. Please know that we will be posting updated case counts to our dedicated website every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit www.ochealthinfo.com/novelcoronavirus or call the Health Referral Line at 800-564-8448 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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