Agency: 2nd US case of person who got virus from community

Global count of those sickened by the virus hovered Friday around 83,000

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VACAVILLE, Calif. – Health officials have confirmed the second case of novel coronavirus in the United States believed to have been transmitted to a person who didn't travel internationally or come in close contact with anyone who had it.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that officials are “aware of a second possible instance of community spread of COVID-19 in California.” The CDC said in a statement that the patient has tested positive for the virus and is considered a presumptive positive case.

Health officials in San Jose planned a Friday afternoon briefing.

Santa Clara County Public Health Department spokesman Maury Kendall said earlier that the person is isolated at home. It comes a day after state officials said a woman hospitalized at UC Davis Health Center in Sacramento had contracted the illness after no known contact.

Solano County Public Health Officer Dr. Bela Matyas said public health officials have identified dozens of people -- but less than 100 -- who had close contact with the woman. They are quarantined in their homes. and a few who have shown symptoms are in isolation, Matyas said.

Health officials on Friday confirmed another case of the novel coronavirus in Northern California, raising the tally a day after health officials revealed the first case in the U.S. believed to have been transmitted to a person who didn’t travel internationally or come in close contact with anyone who had it.

Santa Clara County Public Health Department spokesman Maury Kendall said the person is isolated at home and that other details would be provided later Friday.

A day earlier, state health officials had pegged the number of people in California with the virus at 33 after investigators announced that a woman hospitalized in Sacramento contracted it.