California Had 2 COVID-19 Deaths Weeks before US Reported 1st Death
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the discovery of two Cases of COVID-19 in California that occurred weeks before the government established the first death in Washington.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has discovered that two earlier cases of COVID-19 in the United States occurred weeks before the first official death had been confirmed.
The Santa Clara Medical Examiner-Coroner in California had previously sent over tests from autopsies performed at their facility when the discovery was made.
On Tuesday, the County of Santa Clara Medical Examiner-Coroner received confirmation from the @CDCgov that three people who died in the County in February and early March tested positive for #COVID19 making these the earliest-known deaths in the United States. pic.twitter.com/W2rDcACkyD— Healthy SCC (@HealthySCC) April 23, 2020
The individuals died in their home in Santa Clara County. On February 6 and February 7, the medical examiner-coroner performed their autopsies.
The tissue samples from the autopsies were sent to the CDC for further testing. On April 21, 2020, the CDC confirmed that the individuals had tested positive for COVID-19.
The discovery of the COVID-19 infections in California in early February predates the first officially confirmed death on February 29, 2020.
It is reported, the deceased individuals had no known travel history, and had not visited China or any other international destinations that could have exposed them to the virus.
"Each one of those deaths is probably the tip of an iceberg of unknown size. [The virus] was probably around unrecognized for quite some time."
County of Santa Clara Facebook LIVE UPDATE NOW | Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody addresses the three additional early COVID-19 deaths in Santa Clara County and cases by race and ethnicity https://t.co/YMV9otVv3k— Healthy SCC (@HealthySCC) April 22, 2020
In an interview with CNN, Dr. Ashish K. Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute said the discovery that the individuals had no travel exposure requires further inquiry into the virus, he explained:
"That means there was community spread happening in California as early as mid-January, if not earlier than that."
The department said it would continue to investigate more deaths, and they expect that additional cases of early COVID-19 infections could be discovered.
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