SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Health officials have confirmed that a novel coronavirus case of unknown origin has been diagnosed in Solano County. An official with the Centers for Disease Preserve watch over and Prevention confirmed the diagnosis late Wednesday afternoon. The patient is receiving medical care at UC Davis Medical Heart in Sacramento, UC Davis officials said Wednesday night. The California Department of Public Health then confirmed the individual is a resident of Solano County.
UC Davis Medical Heart said the patient was transferred there from another Northern California hospital on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Upon arrival, the patient had already been intubated, was on a ventilator and was given droplet protection orders because of an “undiagnosed and suspected viral situation.”
The patient examined determined for COVID-19 on Wednesday. The patient wasn’t immediately examined for COVID-19 because the patient “didn’t match the existing CDC criteria,” the UC Davis memo said. “UC Davis Health would not sustain an eye on the testing task,” it continued.
UC Davis infectious disease knowledgeable Dr. Dean Blumberg says that the testing for the virus is proscribed fair now. “We’d love to have more widespread testing so we all know where this virus is, who is ailing and who is at threat,” said Dr. Blumberg.
Right here’s the primary case in the state now not associated with the Diamond Princess cruise ship or with someone who had returned to Northern California from visiting China.
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The novel case is also the primary sign of the virus possibly spreading in a local group initiate air of cases that have been below quarantine. It’s the attainable first case of person-to-person transmission of the novel virus in the country among the general public.
“There are probably other cases accessible in the group that we don’t know about,” said Blumberg. He says this one patient getting ailing means the disease may be spreading in the Bay Area.
“We have other cases that are at point to circulating in the group and that anybody can get it,” says Dr. Blumberg.
“At this time, the patient’s publicity is unknown,” a press release from the CDC read. “It’s attainable this may be an instance of group spread of COVID-19, which may well be the primary time this has happened in the United States. Neighborhood spread means spread of an illness for which the source of infection is unknown. It’s also attainable, then again, that the patient may have been exposed to a returned traveler who was infected.”
The CDC said the case “was detected thru the U.S. public health machine — picked up by astute clinicians.”
UC Davis says out of an abundance of caution, a handful of workers who cared for the patient will stay home to undercover agent if they get ailing.
The novel case brings the total need of coronavirus cases in the United States to 15.
California congressman John Garamendi, who represents the state’s District 3 that includes Sacramento County, said he’s aware of the patient being treated. “I am in conclude contact with the U.S. Centers for Disease Preserve watch over and the State of California and will pass along any updates as they develop to be available,” he said in a tweet.
“We all have the accountability to protect ourselves and others by washing our hands and carrying out procedures to avoid infecting ourselves and others. Please monitor CDC’s online page and Facebook for further information,” he added.
Wednesday afternoon, President Trump made a rare appearance in the White Condominium briefing room to announce VP Mike Pence will lead the country’s cornonavirus task power.
“Because of all we’ve done, the threat to the American of us remains very low,” the President said.
A Senior White Condominium official tells CBS the President is taking over messaging to prevent the stock market from falling as concerns over the coronavirus outbreak have seriously impacted global markets over the past few days.
Since Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has dropped more than 2,000 points. Dow futures fell 53 point, indicating a lack of 74 points that will kick off Thursday’s opening bell.
Health consultants query whether downplaying the threat is the fair approach to take with a virus that has spread so rapidly in other countries.
“No one right here has been exposed to it. That means we are all vulnerable to it. That means in case you attain get a significant publicity, we can get infected. There’s really now not a query of that,” says Dr. Blumberg.
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Officials have started tracing the contacts the novel coronavirus case has had to determine how the person may have been infected and who else may have been exposed.
A need of coronavirus patients have been receiving treatment below isolated prerequisites at greater Bay Area hospitals, but those patients had contracted the virus whereas on the Diamond Princess in Japan.
Late Tuesday afternoon, Sonoma County health officials confirmed one case of coronavirus was being treated at a county hospital after being transported from Travis AFB Monday night.
The patients, who had been among the recent U.S. evacuees from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan, had been receiving care in Contra Costa due to a lack of space at facilities nearer to the base that can effectively isolate them to minimize the threat of spreading the virus.
While the three patients have examined determined for COVID-19, they haven’t begun to point to symptoms of the virus, such as fever and affirm breathing. Nonetheless, the CDC’s agreement with the Department of Defense requires any evacuee who tests determined to be moved from the base.
“Our county’s healthcare machine is prepared to handle COVID-19,” said Contra Costa Health Services Dr. Chris Farnitano. “We have been working with our hospital partners to practice safety protocols to sustain patients and healthcare workers safe and minimize the threat of the virus spreading in Contra Costa.”
The addition of the four novel cases among Diamond Princess passengers evacuated to Travis raises the national case depend to a total of 60.
Earlier Tuesday, CDC officials announced that COVID-19 was edging nearer to becoming an official pandemic.
Dr. Nancy Messonnier with the CDC said it’s now not a matter of if, but when the novel virus will spread in the U.S. and how many Americans will have severe illness.
The doctor said the U.S. needs to use novel strategies to blunt impact of disease and wearisome spread after global stories of additional cases occurring without any known source of publicity in Italy and South Korea.
Nonetheless, the CDC believes the U.S. strategy at point to in place has slowed the coronavirus entry and spread and that containment in the U.S. has been a success so far.