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Amid coronavirus scare, some central coast residents self-isolating after travel

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Posted at 2:07 PM, Mar 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-04 18:34:36-05

Health experts in Santa Barbara County say they are monitoring some people who have self-isolated following recent travel.

Health officials say those being monitored are asymptomatic travelers that self-isolated and want to reassure they are not in quarantine.

The specific number of community members who are under self-isolation was not released, but health experts say, "there are thousands of travelers statewide being monitored and very few are in Santa Barbara County."

KSBY reached out to San Luis Obispo Public Health officials and they say they are doing the same, and call it "standard practice".

SLO Public Health experts explained the self isolation process, stating "We receive the notification of a returning traveler and call the traveler to instruct them on preventative measures and infection control and tell them to monitor themselves for symptoms every day. We then call them each day for 14 days from last exposure to ask if they have developed any symptoms and to confirm they have stayed home and avoided contact with others. We would test them if they developed symptoms."