A southern California doctor tested positive for COVID-19, forcing health officials this Saturday to track down patients and staff who may have been exposed to the virus, amid the growing number of those infected in the state.

The Riverside County Health Department reported Friday night that a doctor at the Riverside Medical Clinic near the town of Moreno Valley contracted the virus.

“This is an unfortunate situation; We are taking all necessary steps to protect patients and staff, ”said Cameron Kaiser, director of the Riverside County Department, in a statement.

County health authorities are working with the clinic to determine how many patients have been seen by the doctor since the disease is presumed to have been acquired, and to test them. Staff who were in direct contact with the doctor have already been notified.

“Unfortunately, our healthcare professionals are not immune to this virus and we all must follow the recommendations to stay in case when we are sick,” said Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Hewitt.

This Saturday some of the patients who were exposed will undergo the test, which will be provided by the same clinic. The doctor is isolated, and he is expected to recover, Kaiser said.

This Friday, Riverside County reported the death of a 25-year-old boy, who was working as a pharmaceutical technician, and had been diagnosed with the disease.

The patient was in isolation in the city of La Quinta, in the Coachella Valley, where he was found dead.

Riverside is contiguous to Los Angeles County.

California state authorities warned that until Thursday 48 health workers had been infected with the virus.

According to the Los Angeles Times newspaper count, on Friday night California registered 102 people who died with COVID-19 and 4,905 confirmed cases.

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