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Shasta County Health officials: Patient who tested positive for COVID-19 has recovered

Shasta County COVID-19 media briefing, Tuesday, March 17, 2020

UPDATE: 3:12 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 - Shasta County Health and Human Services said Tuesday that the patient who tested positive with coronavirus on March 8 has recovered.

Posted: Mar 8, 2020 4:39 PM
Updated: Mar 17, 2020 3:12 PM

UPDATE: 3:12 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 - Shasta County Health and Human Services said Tuesday that the first patient who tested positive with coronavirus on March 8 has recovered.

The patient, a male in his 50's contracted coronavirus while traveling, health officials said.

The patient went through his period of quarantine and was tested twice on Monday, March 16. His tests came back negative - showing he had recovered, according to Shasta County Public Health and Human Services.

Shasta County health officials said their PH Lab tested 42 people, including the previous patient who tested positive but has recovered.

"Additionally, now that some private labs are testing there can be other tests pending out there that we don’t know about but we would be notified if there is a positive result," Tim Mapes, Media Liaison for public health program said. 

Health and Human Services held a briefing Tuesday, March 17 at 11 a.m. joined by their partners, Mercy Medical Center Redding, Shasta Regional Medical Center, Shasta Community Health Center, Mayers Memorial Hospital District, and Redding Rancheria Tribal Health Center.

Below is a video of the full briefing. Action News Now will have more details at 4, 5, and 6.

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SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - Officials with the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency confirm the first case of coronavirus in Shasta County has been diagnosed in a man in his 50s. 

Officials say the patient is recovering in isolation at home. The Shasta County Public Health Laboratory ran the first tests, which were positive, and they will be sent to the CDC for confirmation.

Officials say the man has a history of recent travel. Public health staff is conducting contact tracing now to identify anyone who had been in close contact with the patient.

This is a developing story.

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