Sonoma County: 2nd County Resident Who Went On Cruise To Mexico Presumed Positive For Coronavirus

In this Feb. 11, 2020, file photo, the Grand Princess cruise ship passes the Golden Gate Bridge as it arrives from Hawaii in San Francisco. Scrambling to keep the coronavirus at bay, officials ordered the cruise ship to hold off the California coast Thursday, March 5, to await testing of those aboard, after a passenger on an earlier voyage died and at least one other became infected. (Scott Strazzante/San Francisco Chronicle via AP, File)
In this Feb. 11, 2020, file photo, the Grand Princess cruise ship passes the Golden Gate Bridge as it arrives from Hawaii in San Francisco. Scrambling to keep the coronavirus at bay, officials ordered the cruise ship to hold off the California coast Thursday, March 5, to await testing of those aboard, after a passenger on an earlier voyage died and at least one other became infected. (Scott Strazzante/San Francisco Chronicle via AP, File)

SANTA ROSA (BCN)- The Sonoma County Department of Health Services said Thursday that
a second county resident who was on the Grand Princess cruise ship from San Francisco to Mexico is presumed positive for the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

The first confirmed presumed positive case was announced Monday.

Both presumed positive county residents are in isolation rooms at a local hospital, according to the Department of Health Services.

The Department of Health Services received a list of 78 Sonoma County residents who were on the Grand Princess cruise between Feb. 11-21, DHS spokesman Rohish Lal said.

Twenty-five of the 78 people took the shuttle back to Sonoma County and two of them tested positive for the virus. The Department of Health Services is contacting the shuttle passengers to make them aware of the positive cases, Lal said.

The cruise passengers’ 14-day window of risk from the virus exposure will end Friday evening, and if the passengers have not exhibited symptoms by then, they will be considered not a risk from the exposure on the cruise, Lal said.

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will discuss the county’s response to the threat of the novel coronavirus. The board ratified a Declaration of Local Emergency and a Public Health Emergency on Wednesday.

Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Celeste Philip said the county hopes to receive test kits for the virus this week. Tests of specimens currently have been conducted in a lab locally in Richmond or nationally at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

The county has established a 211 phone line for residents with questions about the virus, and its Emergency Operations Center was activated Tuesday and is partially open.

“We’re getting a barrage of calls from people who think they are infected,” Board Chair Susan Gorin said.