CDC confirms weeks-earlier California virus deaths

Autopsies show two people died at home Feb. 6 and Feb. 17 from coronavirus. California governor promises efforts to track and isolate those who have the virus before 'stay-at-home' order is lifted.

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April 22, 2020 - 9:03 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Health officials say two people died with the coronavirus in California weeks before the first reported death from the disease. 

Santa Clara County officials said Tuesday the people died at home Feb. 6 and Feb. 17. Before this, the first U.S. death from the virus had been reported on Feb. 29 in Kirkland, Wash. The Medical Examiner-Coroner received confirmation Tuesday that tissue samples sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tested positive for the virus, officials said. 

The announcement came after California Gov. Gavin Newsom promised a “deep dive” update today of the state’s ability to test for the coronavirus and to track and isolate people who have it, one of the six indicators he says is key to lifting a “stay-at-home” order that has slowed the spread of the disease while forcing millions of people to file for unemployment benefits.

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