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Novel Coronavirus

Information for People Living in Contra Costa County

Updated: Feb. 13, 2020

A novel (new) coronavirus is causing an outbreak of pneumonia illness. The outbreak began in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, in early December 2019. As of Feb. 13, there have been 15 confirmed cases in the United States, including four in Northern California. There are currently no confirmed cases in Contra Costa County.

Contra Costa residents are at low risk of becoming infected. Only people who recently traveled to China or have had close contact with someone who became ill with the novel coronavirus after recent travel in China could be exposed.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and public health agencies across the U.S. are monitoring this new disease. Contra Costa Health Services is working closely with its partners and other health systems to track the situation locally.

Hospitals in the county, including Contra Costa Regional Medical Center & Health Centers, are asking patients about symptoms of coronavirus and recent travel to China. People calling 911 will also be asked about their symptoms and recent travel to China. Contra Costa Health Services has sent information about coronavirus to local medical providers, ambulance paramedics and schools.

As this is an unusual situation, information could change rapidly. This page will be updated as more information becomes available.

Local Cases
What to do
What is a coronavirus?
For Providers

  • Local Cases

    At this time, no cases have been reported in Contra Costa County.

  • Symptoms

    Symptoms of this illness include fever, cough and difficulty breathing.

    If you have these symptoms AND have been in China within the past 14 days or have been in close contact with someone who has been in the area, seek medical care right away.

    • Call ahead before going to see a doctor or emergency room – call Contra Costa Public Heath at 925-313-6740 for instructions about where to go if you do not have a healthcare provider.
    • If you have a mask to wear over your mouth and nose, please wear it as you present to your health care provider or clinic. If not, please ask for one upon your arrival.
    • Tell them your symptoms and that you were in China

  • What to do

    Recent visitors to China in Contra Costa County:

    • If you become sick within 14 days of your visit to China with fever, cough or difficulty breathing
      • CALL AHEAD before going to a doctor’s office, urgent care or emergency room.
      • Do not travel while sick.
      • Avoid contact with others.
      • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
      • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • What is a coronavirus?

    Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Several coronaviruses are known to cause mild respiratory disease in humans. At least two other, previously identified coronaviruses have caused severe disease.

    Those coronaviruses – severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-CoV) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – have been ruled out as the cause of the current outbreak.

  • Resources


    Guidance for Schools

  • Information for Providers