Coronavirus Case In Bay Area Suggests New Phase Of Outbreak

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February 27, 2020 - 6:40 am
onald Trump speaks at the beginning of a new conference with members of the coronavirus task force, including Vice President Mike Pence on Feb. 26, 2020.

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A patient has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus in Solano County who had not traveled outside the United States nor been in contact with anyone else who was known to be infected, public health officials said.

The case, disclosed Wednesday, suggests that the viral outbreak is entering a new phase in the United States, officials said. 

The patient is receiving care at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.

The handling of this patient's treatment quickly came under scrutiny.

The patient was transferred to UC Davis from another hospital on February 19. But four days passed before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tested the patient for the new virus despite a request to do so earlier, according to an email from executives at the hospital and UC Davis Health to staff. 

The CDC initially denied the request because the patient did not meet criteria for COVID-19 testing, the email to staff said. 

Now, officials are trying to notify people who have been in contact with this new patient. 

Some hospital staff have been told to stay home and check for symptoms of the illness. 

There have now been 60 cases of COVID-19 in the United States. 

The revelation about the Solano County patient came shortly after President Donald Trump announced that Vice President Mike Pence would oversee the government's response to the outbreak. 

There were more than 80,000 cases in the coronavirus outbreak worldwide through February 25.