The novel coronavirus has been the talk of the world for weeks now since starting in China and has had confirmed cases in various parts of the U.S. Now, Erie County might soon be dealing with the virus.

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According to WIVB, Erie County officials say that the coronavirus will eventually come to Erie County.

“There’s no reason to think that we can keep it out forever,” said Dr. Gale Burstein, the Erie County Health Commissioner. “We really believe that it will eventually come here.”

This was at a news conference today in Buffalo, on the heels of the first suspected community spread of the virus in California.

This is an instance in which the spread of an illness is identified for which the source of infection is unknown, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Since there is no known cure for the coronavirus, health officials say to be proactive in preventing the virus, such as washing your hands, covering your mouth when coughing/sneezing and wiping down surfaces.

Read more at WIVB.