27 February 2020 Blog Post: COVID-19 Update

The CDC on Wednesday reported the first possible case of community spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the U.S. A person in California (actually hospitalized prior to diagnosis at UC Davis Hospital) — without a relevant travel history or known exposure to someone with COVID-19 — has tested positive for the virus. There was a delay in testing (although requested by the patient’s clinical team) as this patient did not fit the criterion for testing as delineated by the CDC and local Health Department.
 
In a statement, the CDC said, “It’s possible this could be an instance of community spread of COVID-19 … It’s also possible, however, that the patient may have been exposed to a returned traveler who was infected.”
 
In other COVID-19 news:
1. COVID-19 is making its way through Europe and the Middle East. Can refer to the Johns Hopkins School of Engineering dashboard for real time dynamics of the viral spread.
2. Latin America has reported its first confirmed case — in a man in São Paulo, Brazil, who recently traveled to northern Italy.
3. President Donald Trump announced that Vice President Mike Pence will lead the administration’s COVID-19 effort.
4. The number of new global cases surpassed new cases in China for the first time on Tuesday.
5. A U.S. soldier in South Korea has tested positive
6. South Korea reported 284 new cases on Wednesday, the biggest jump yet. Of interest, many of the cases in South Korea can be linked to a religious sect who during worship place their arms around one another and sing.

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