Public Health discusses coronavirus risk to Kern County

Sunrise Interviews

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – Kern Public Health briefed the board of supervisors on coronavirus at their meeting Tuesday.

Michelle Corson also joined 17 News at Sunrise to tell us the latest.

Health officials say the virus has symptoms very similar to the seasonal flu such as a cough, fever, chills and a respiratory like illness.

Two cases in southern California, in Orange and Los Angeles counties, were reported, taking the total number of cases in the U.S. to five.

Despite the proximity to Kern County, Public Health says it’s unlikely we’ll see a case here at home.

Our airport doesn’t receive passengers directly from China, and we don’t have much industry overlap with the region either.

Kern County Public Health says they are working with health officials to monitor the virus.

Corson says there are no special precautions the public needs to take at this time.

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