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Alpine reports second coronavirus case

Staff Reports

A second case of coronavirus has been reported in California’s least populated county.

Alpine County Health Officer Richard Johnson said the person was tested on Friday at the Alpine County Health Department Clinic.

The person is not an Alpine resident. Johnson said four people have been tested for the virus so far, with two turning out negative.

“Keep in mind that Alpine County residents frequently seek medical care at locations outside of the county, and likewise the Health Department Clinic sees some clients who reside out of Alpine County,” he said. “The appropriate health departments have conducted case and contact investigations, and all necessary measures have been taken to prevent the spread of the infection into the community.”

Johnson ordered all essential workers to use a cloth face covering when working with other employees or conducting essential activities involving contact with the public until the risk subsides

“Models estimate that California is weeks away from the peak number of cases and deaths,” he said.

He said first responders and healthcare workers who may encounter people suspected to be infected should follow guidelines established by their employer or regulatory agency. Those workers are subject to more stringent requirements.