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The first case of new coronavirus in Napa County was announced Tuesday afternoon. This brings the total number of cases in the Bay Area to five.
The infected patient is being treated at Napa's Queen of the Valley Medical Center. A second patient, who had tested negative for the pneumonia-like virus but is now showing symptoms, is also at the hospital under observation. Both patients are under quarantine.
Both patients were among the dozens of Americans on the Princess Diamond cruise ship under quarantine while docked near Japan, and then transported on Monday to Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield.
Among the cruise ship passengers flown to Travis AFB, nine were found to need testing or hospitalization.
Seven of the nine patients were taken to Solano County hospitals, and two were transferred to Queen of the Valley.
“There is minimal risk for Napa County residents from the arrival of these two patients at the Queen of the Valley,” said Napa County Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Relucio said in a statement. “They are in isolation, and are receiving medical care and undergoing testing.”
Originating in Wuhan, the new coronavirus has infected more than 73,000 people and killed more than 1,800 worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. The majority of cases and deaths have been in China. In the Bay Area, two cases have been identified in Santa Clara County and two patients with the virus in San Benito County were brought to a UCSF hospital for care.
Amy Graff is a digital editor with SFGATE. Email her: email@example.com.