UPDATE on Covid-19 Wednesday, March 4: Zero coronavirus in all five people tested for it in Ventura County

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Ten U.S. residents — nine in Washington state and one in Placer County in Northern California — have died of Covid-19  as of Wednesday, March 4. Five people in Ventura County have been tested for Covid-19, and all have tested negative, according to Ventura County Public Health Officer Dr. Levin on March 3.

There are no confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ventura County as of March 3. 


According to a March 1 report in the New York Times, a quarter of the Kirkland firefighters are in quarantine because they had been to the Washington state nursing home.
Late Monday, March 2, California Gov. Gavin Newsom requested emergency action from the state Legislature to make available up to $20 million to respond to Covid-19.
On Tuesday, March 3, the Federal Reserve announced a half-point rate cut in interest rates to help combat the negative finacial impact of Covid-19 on the economy.
A man in Washington state was the first person in the United States reported to have died from the coronavirus, according to Washington state officials Feb. 29. 
Public officials said the man who died was in his 50s and had underlying health problems.
President Trump also gave a press conference Feb. 29, on Covid-19.
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee announced a state of emergency in Washington state on Feb. 29 as a result of the spread there of Covid-19.
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One person without any signs of sickness was — as of Feb. 29 — under federal quarantine order at Naval Base Ventura County-Point Mugu, according to the Ventura County Public Health Department. He arrrived at the base on Feb. 23. A second person was quarantined at the base later in the week for fewer than 48 hours before being moved to another Southern California location the evening of Friday, Feb. 28, according to Ashley Bautista, county of Ventura public information officer. That person had no signs of illness and was moved to a location outside of Ventura County, Bautista said.
Nineteen people are self-isolated as a precaution in Ventura County on March 3, according to the website.
The California Department of Public Health reported Monday that there were 43 positive cases in California, 24 of which are from repatriation flights.
The other 19 confirmed cases include 10 that are travel-related, five due to person-to-person exposure, and four due to community transmission, according to the CDPH.
Ventura County is one of a handful of California counties that has received its own testing apparatus. Previously, all Covid-19 tests were handled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and there was a long delay in getting test results for the second person in Ventura County tested for the virus.
The three Covid-19 cases reported Friday, Feb. 28, were an employee at an elementary school in the Portland area; an older Northern California woman; and a high school student in Everett, Washington. None of those people had recently traveled overseas or had any known contact with a traveler or infected person, according to public health authorities.
According to the California Department of Public Health’s website on Feb. 29: “The Public Health Department is working closely with the CDC to respond to the outbreak of COVID-19. Screening of incoming passengers at two California airports — Los Angeles International (LAX) and San Francisco International (SFO) — is ongoing. This is to identify people who have symptoms that could be due to COVID-19 so that they can receive appropriate assessment and care. The California Department of Public Health has been prepared and is continuing with the following actions as the situation surrounding COVID-19 evolves:
“• Activating the Emergency Operations Center to coordinate response efforts across the state.
Continuing to prepare and respond in coordination with federal and local partners, hospitals and physicians.
“• Providing information, guidance documents, and technical support to local health departments, health care facilities, providers, schools, universities, colleges, and childcare facilities across California.
Coordinating with federal authorities and local health departments that have implemented screening, monitoring and, in some cases quarantine.
Engaging with local health departments in managing suspect and confirmed cases of COVID-19 patients over the past several weeks."
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