NAPA COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) — Napa County reported its first two cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.
One was announced Sunday morning while the second was reported later in the afternoon.
Both patients are in quarantine as public health officials trace anyone who had direct contact.
There is no known connection of the two cases. Napa County Public Health Officials are investigating both cases.
As the county faces its first cases of COVID-19, county officials say they’ve been prepared.
“Our priority right now is ramping up our staffing,” Molly Rattigan said.
In a Facebook live Sunday afternoon, Deputy County Executive Molly Rattigan gave an update to Napa County about the quickly escalating coronavirus spread.
“You should start to see increases in testing numbers as you’ve been seeing in the last few days here,” she said.
The county’s first case was reported in the morning, hours later a second case confirmed.
Health officials say both patients have been isolated.
One is a Napa city resident, the other is isolated in St. Helena.
Officials won’t say their age, gender or where the virus was contracted but are working to trace people who have been in direct contact.
Testing for the virus began last week.
“We are ramping up our testing,” Rattigan said. “We did a soft launch on Wednesday and operated Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, a drive-thru testing center.”
The location of the testing center was not disclosed.
For anyone who may have symptoms, a doctors note and a screening by public health is required.
County officials report as of Sunday, almost a hundred tests and at least 30 cases are under investigation.
Napa County issued a shelter-at-home order at midnight Friday, March 20 until April 7.
Downtown Napa was a ghost town on Sunday. Essential businesses remained open and restaurants are operating take out only.
Diane Dillion, Chair of County Board of Supervisors acknowledged the challenges on her Facebook page.
“I know this is difficult, it’s difficult for all of us but the purpose is to slow the spread of the illness so we do not overwhelm our health care system,” Dillon said. “We’re all in this together.”
The county is coordinating with local health care providers to increase coronavirus testing capability.
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