That patient has been considered to be the first known case in the USA of someone who contracted the virus here without having traveled recently overseas and without having had contact with anyone who recently returned from such a trip. "Given the extent of global spread, we expect to identify more individuals with COVID-19 in Washington".
The three latest patients - and a fourth new case believed to be travel-related in Washington state - were diagnosed based on results obtained in their respective states from CDC-supplied test kits and are considered "presumptive positive" cases pending CDC confirmatory testing, the us agency said.
The US Food and Drug Administration also authorized a two-step test that will allow labs other than the CDC to test for the virus. They were urged to quarantine themselves at home.
"Despite University of California medical facilities being generally better prepared and equipped to treat challenging medical cases, the. case highlights the vulnerability of the nation's hospitals to this virus", the union said. The test was confirmed positive on Wednesday.
Confusion over how quickly the woman was tested for coronavirus concerned McKinsey Paz, who works at a private security firm in Vacaville.
The Solano County case has puzzled health officials, who say they have not been able to trace where she contracted the virus.
Coronavirus is spread primarily through tiny droplets coughed or sneezed directly from an infected person into the face of someone nearby, as opposed to the more contagious "airborne" transmission of a virus like measles, which can remain suspended in enclosed spaces and be breathed in hours after being exhaled by sick individuals, experts say.
In a statement, the CDC said the new patient was being considered a "presumptive positive case" and it will conduct confirmatory testing.
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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has received approval to begin testing for coronavirus disease 2019 in patients suspected of having the rapidly-moving respiratory virus in the state.
"This approval will expedite wait time and improve New York's ability to more effectively manage the Coronavirus situation as it unfolds", Cuomo added.
The governor also mentioned that the CDC has already sent more than 1,000 coronavirus testing kits for use in the state, which he said is useful since there were 200 or so kits that could not be used, though it's unclear why.
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"As soon as that case was recognized, we met and we revised our case definition for persons under investigation", Redfield said.
Americans, Messonnier said, should start preparing for "significant disruption" to their lives. The new patient has not traveled to Solano County, officials said.
He said that much about COVID-19 - the disease caused by the new virus - is still unknown, and that "fighting against an unknown and unclear enemy is not easy". The origin of the virus isn't known.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. A few who showed symptoms were in isolation, officials said.