A group of coronavirus cases in California was traced to a cough patient during a birthday party

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A “large number” of extended family members and friends were at the party, Pasadena’s public health department said a press release, adding that the event took place after the city issued a home stay order in March.

One patient at the party coughed and wasn’t wearing a face cover, health officials said, and other party guests also didn’t cover the face or social distances.

“As a result, Covid-19 has spread among party participants,” said the department.

Through contact tracing, investigators were able to identify more than five coronavirus cases confirmed by the party and “many more sick individuals,” according to the health department.

“This is an example of how good contact traceability can identify disease groups and tell us more about the spread of the disease in our community,” said Dr. Matthew Feaster, a department epidemiologist.

More than 66,550 people have been infected with the virus in California and at least 2,687 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.

“Even if we are making small changes to the Safer at Home Order, meetings of people who do not live in the same family are still prohibited,” said Dr. Ying-Ying Goh, director and health officer of the department. “The virus remains highly contagious. Social distancing, frequent hand washing and face coating remain our best defense against the further spread of Covid-19 in our community.”

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