No cases of coronavirus in Yakima County despite ‘false reports’, health officials say

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The Yakima Health District is warning residents not to believe claims on social media that coronavirus has spread to Yakima County.

“There are false reports circulating on social media regarding cases of Novel Coronavirus … in Yakima County,” the health district said in a news release. “These are not true and do not contain accurate information.”

Health officials say there have been no confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus in the county.

Officials say the Yakima Health District or the Washington State Department of Health would notify the public immediately if that were the case.

The release comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the first case of coronavirus in the U.S. had been reported in Snohomish County, Wash.

Officials say the patient had recently returned from Wuhan City in China, where a coronavirus outbreak began in December.

“While the current situation poses a public health threat, there is no evidence of the virus having spread to Yakima County and the threat to the public is low,” the release said.