Santa Clara County stated a post-mortem confirmed a Feb. 6 loss of life was additionally associated. Officers in Santa Clara County, Calif., introduced late Tuesday that two residents there died of the coronavirus in early and mid-February, making them the earliest identified victims of the pandemic in the US.
The brand new data might shift the timeline of the virus’s unfold by way of the nation weeks sooner than beforehand believed. The primary report of a coronavirus-associated loss of life in the USA got here on Feb. 29 within the Seattle space, though officers there later found that two individuals who had died Feb. 26 additionally had the virus.
However, Santa Clara County officers stated that autopsies of two individuals who died at their properties on Feb. 6 and Feb. 17 confirmed that the people had been contaminated with the virus. The presence of the illness COVID-19 was decided by tissue samples and was confirmed by the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, a county well being officers stated in an announcement.
Dr. Cody stated the people who died in February didn’t have any recognized journey histories that may have uncovered them to the virus, which first appeared in China. They’re presumed to have contracted the virus in the neighborhood, she mentioned. The newly reported deaths counsel that the coronavirus might have been spreading in California a lot sooner than was beforehand recognized, mentioned Dr. Jeffrey V. Smith, the Santa Clara county govt and a medical physician.