SACRAMENTO, Cali. (WEHT)– The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed a possible first case of person-to-person transmission of the coronavirus in California in the general public.
This would be the first known instance of person-to-person transmission in the general public in the United States.
The individual is a resident of Solano County and is receiving medical care in Sacramento County. The person had no known exposure to the virus through travel or close contact with a known infected individual.
California is prepared and actively responding to the potential community spread of COVID-19.
According to international data those who have tested positive for COVID-19, about 80 percent do not exhibit symptoms that would require hospitalization.
There have been no confirmed deaths related to COVID-19 in the United States to date.
The health risk from novel coronavirus to the general public remains low at this time. While COVID-19 has a high transmission rate, it has a low mortality rate.
Previously known instances of person-to-person transmission in the United States include one instance in Chicago, Illinois, and one in San Benito County, California.
( This story was originally published on Feb. 26, 2020)