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Two cases of COVID-19 have been recognized in San Francisco, officers stated Thursday.

The sufferers are “contained,” Mayor London Breed stated at an 11 a.m. press convention.

One affected person is a person in his 90s with preexisting well being situations; he’s hospitalized in severe situation. The opposite is a lady in her 40s; she can also be hospitalized, however in truthful situation.

The sufferers are in separate native hospitals; the precise places aren’t being disclosed.

“All applicable precautions for the affected person, guests, and hospital employees are being taken,” the general public well being division stated in a press release. “DPH knowledgeable the sufferers’ households this morning, and is investigating the sufferers’ historical past and contacts to guard the well being of people and assist gradual the unfold of the virus locally.”

The sufferers had been examined Wednesday and the constructive outcomes had been confirmed Thursday.

Dr. Grant Colfax with the Division of Well being stated neither affected person lately traveled to a vacation spot with an outbreak or had contact with an individual identified to be contaminated with the virus. The cases are unrelated and certain the results of “group publicity,” Colfax stated.

To guard affected person privateness, extra particulars aren’t being launched.

“We wish everybody to stay calm and proceed taking precautions to maintain themselves and their households wholesome,” Breed stated in a press release. “Now we have been rising assets and staffing to arrange for the group unfold of this virus, and we are going to do every little thing we are able to to guard public well being. The Metropolis is in common contact with all hospitals and well being services in San Francisco, and our well being system is ready to ship care to everybody in want and supply a coordinated response as extra cases of the novel coronavirus are confirmed.”

The well being division is encouraging San Francisco residents to clean their fingers, cowl their coughs, keep residence in the event that they’re sick, get a flu shot, keep away from shaking fingers, and observe the rules from public well being officers in case you’ve lately traveled to a rustic with a COVID-19 outbreak.

The division stated folks can put together by ensuring you might have a provide of important medicines and growing a plan for what you’d do in case you or a caregiver had been sick, your kid’s college closed, or a member of the family grew to become sick and also you needed to take care of her or him.

“There is no such thing as a suggestion to put on masks right now to forestall your self from getting sick,” the division stated.

The pneumonia-like virus originated in Wuhan, China, and is spreading across the globe. greater than 94,000 folks have contracted the virus worldwide, in line with the World Well being Group, with greater than 3,200 deaths. WHO reports that the COVID-19 virus is extra deadly than the frequent flu.

There are presently greater than 50 confirmed cases of coronavirus in California. The first dying in California was reported Wednesday in Placer County.

Amy Graff is a digital editor with SFGATE. Electronic mail her: