Dr. Richard Pan Statement on Coronavirus

February 6, 2020

SACRAMENTO –Dr. Richard Pan, state senator representing the Sacramento region and Chair of the Senate Health Committee is in close contact with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and monitoring the response to novel coronavirus outbreak. 

“While the novel coronavirus is a serious public health concern and health officials are taking every precaution to protect the public, the risk to the general public in California remains low,” said Dr. Richard Pan, pediatrician and state senator representing the Sacramento region.

“The California Department of Public Health is working closely with Center for Disease Control to respond to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus by screening incoming passengers at airports, identifying people who have symptoms, and much more. This work is critical in keeping Californians safe and healthy and illustrates the importance of our budget dollars dedicated to preventing and limiting the spread of infectious diseases,” stated Dr. Pan, who is also Chair of the Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, overseeing the budget on infectious disease response in California.

Currently, the California Department of Public Health confirms a total of six cases of novel coronavirus in California: two people in Santa Clara County, two people in San Benito County, one person in Los Angeles County and one person in Orange County have tested positive for novel coronavirus 2019.

Dr. Pan will continue to stay in contact with CDPH as the state continues to monitor the situation, work with partners to identify any possible cases, provide information and consultation to ensure that possible cases are managed safely, support laboratory testing, and implement recommendations from the CDC.

To learn more about The Department of Public Health’s response and steps you can take to stay healthy, go to this website: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/nCOV2019.aspx

As a legislative leader in public health, Dr. Pan has worked to ready California for our response to epidemics and prevent outbreaks of infectious diseases. While in the State Assembly and State Senate, Dr. Pan has held several oversight and informational hearings on public health readiness, helped secure additional funding for local health departments and authored legislation to boost vaccination rates and restore community immunity. 

It is very important for people who have recently traveled and who become ill to notify their health care provider of their travel history. Those who have recently traveled to China or who have had contact with a person with possible novel coronavirus infection should contact their local health department or health care provider.