The Washington Post is reporting the first person in the U.S. to test positive for coronavirus with no link to foreign travel.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported last night that a patient living in Northern California contracted the Coronavirus, COVID-19 without traveling overseas or coming in contact with anyone known who appeared to have the infection. The possibility now exists that highly contagious potentially lethal virus may be spreading within the U.S. community,
The CDC issued a statement last evening....
“It’s possible this could be an instance of community spread of COVID-19, which would be the first time this has happened in the United States,”
The health agency left open the possibility…
“…that, the patient may have been exposed to a returned traveler who was infected.”
The state of California released a statement calling the case its first instance of community transmission.
The official definition used to call a virus “community spread” would represent a significant sign of danger in the battle against the virus here in the United States. As of Wednesday, the United States has 60 known cases of the coronavirus infection, with 59 Asia passengers, or close contacts of people who did travel there. The vast majority has been thought to be the 42 U.S. passengers transferred by the Trump administration from the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Japan, who had been in quarantine.
Jennifer Nuzzo, epidemiologist and senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, told WaPo…
“If the infection is confirmed to be a case of “community spread’ it would confirm what we have long suspected — that there is a good chance there already are people infected in this country and that the virus is circulating undetected. It points to the need for expanded surveillance, so we know how many more are out there and how to respond.”
The bottom line there could be hundreds of people already infected. The CDC said this first case…
“…was detected through the U.S. public health system — picked up by astute clinicians.” The agency said only that the person lived in California.”
The patient is being treated at UC Davis Medical Center, according to a Washinton Post source. The patient lives in Solano County, according to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).
Most alarming is WaPo observance that Solano County is home to Travis Air Force Base, where hundreds of Americans repatriated from China, and others brought home from the Diamond Princess Cruise, many of whom have been allowed to go back home.
One can only wonder how many of the health department staff has become infected. The health department claims they already have begun tracing people who may have come in contact with the individual, according to Sonia Angell, director of the California Department of Public Health and State Public Health Officer.
“We have been anticipating the potential for such a case in the U.S., and given our close familial, social, and business relationships with China, it is not unexpected that the first case in the U.S. would be in California.”
President Trump called a press conference in the White House on Wednesday evening and appointed Vice President Pence as the new head of the task force coordinating the battle against the virus. The announcement was met with considerable criticism. Pence as Governor of Illinois made health care policy based on his religious beliefs, and it allegedly led to hundreds of people being improperly treated for HIV infections.
During his usual rant of ignorance, misinformation, outright lies President Trump found the time during what may be on its way to a pandemic to blame the Democrats for the over 2000 point nose-dive in the Dow Jones.
Trump ignored the fact that his acting head of Homeland Security brought the 59 Asian passengers back against the direct advice of the Center for Disease Control.
The possible outbreak underway Northern California may be just another direct example of President Trump’s incompetence and sole focus on his reelection; by placing his self-interests over the interest of the people of the United States of America.
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