Corona Virus in California: CDC Confirms first Possible Community Transmission in the USA
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday confirmed the first possible community transmission of coronavirus after a California resident, who did not have a relevant travel history or exposure to another patient with the virus, tested positive.
According to the CDC, it is not clearly known how the patient contracted the virus. U.S Health officials now fear that the virus could be spreading in local cities and towns.
The patient is a resident of Solano County and was being treated in Sacramento County.
The person was transferred from a hospital in Northern California to UC Davis Medical Center on Feb. 19. A test for the virus was not immediately conducted because the person did not fit the existing CDC criteria for the test, a protocol that UC Davis does not control. The CDC ordered coronavirus testing on Sunday and confirmed positive results Wednesday.
The case brings the total number of infected Americans to 60, including those who were evacuated from Wuhan and the passengers who were aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
The CDC said it will continue investigating the source of the patient’s infection.