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Dozens of Fresno, Tulare Co. residents monitored for coronavirus

As coronavirus has spread throughout the world, several people in the Central Valley are being monitored for the virus.

55 Fresno County and nine Tulare County residents are being monitored for exposure to the virus, although none have tested positive or have shown symptoms.

There are over 81,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus around the world, with 78,070 being in China, and – as of Wednesday – 2,771 people have died.

So far, there are 60 confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S., according to the Johns Hopkins Center for System Science and Engineering. There have been no American deaths.

The nine people in Tulare County are in self-isolation due to either having recently traveled to China or being in contact with someone who had.

Tulare County Health Department spokesperson told the Times-Delta that the monitoring efforts started before the World Ag Expo kicked off earlier in February. The Expo barred seven Chinese vendors from attending.

President Donald Trump held a news conference addressing the crisis on Wednesday and appointed Vice President Mike Pence to head the coronavirus prevention efforts. 

Daniel Gligich
Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at daniel.gligich@sjvsun.com.