It Begins: First U.S. Coronavirus Case of 'Unknown Origin' Confirmed in Solano County, CaliforniaChris Menahan
Feb. 26, 2020
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The first case of the coronavirus being spread in the US among the general public may have just occurred in Solano County, California.
From CBS SF:
Health officials on Wednesday confirmed that a new coronavirus case of unknown origin has been diagnosed in Solano County and is currently being treated in Sacramento County.WATCH:
It appears as though this patient had the coronavirus for a week but the CDC wouldn't give the hospital a testing kit because he hadn't been to China.
[UPDATE: SF Gate got internal emails indicating it took the CDC four days to provide them with a testing kit.]
The UC Davis memo explains the delay in testing by noting that neither Sacramento County nor the city of Davis’ public health agency performs the test. The hospital had to request the CDC do it. “Since the patient did not fit the existing diagnostic criteria for Covid-19, a test was not immediately administered,” the memo says. On Sunday the CDC did the test, and UC Davis put the patient on more stringent airborne and contact infection control precautions. “Today the CDC confirmed the patient’s test was positive.”From the CDC:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed an infection with the virus that causes COVID-19 in California in a person who reportedly did not have relevant travel history or exposure to another known patient with COVID-19.They didn't mention their laggy response.
It was reported last week that fecal transmission may be behind the rapid spread of the coronavirus.
The novel coronavirus is shed in the feces of infected people, which may help explain why it’s spread so fast, according to Chinese researchers.Beware of public toilets (and cities like San Francisco).
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