The first case of possible "community spread" of the coronavirus — meaning the origin by which a person was infected is unknown — was detected in the US. The patient is being treated at UC Davis Medical Center after being transferred from VacaValley hospital in Vacaville after her condition worsened, KGO reported. A UC Davis internal memo said medical workers requested that the person be tested a week ago, but the CDC declined to test the patient as the person did not meet the required criteria for a test. The patient had not recently traveled to China nor had any known contact with another person infected with COVID-19.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed what may be the first case of community spread of the coronavirus in the US — in which the origin by which a person was infected is unknown. The CDC said the woman "reportedly did not have relevant travel history or exposure to another known patient with COVID-19." The patient, who is the 15th confirmed case of the coronavirus in the US, is being treated at UC Davis Medical Center after being treated at VacaValley hospital in Vacaville, California, KGO reported. "At this time, the patient's exposure is unknown," the CDC said in a statement. "It's possible this could be an instance of community spread of COVID-19, which would be the first time this has happened in the United States." A UC Davis internal memo said that the woman was transferred from another hospital on February 19 but that the CDC declined to test the person, who had not traveled to China or had known contact with another person infected with COVID-19.
Must read. This is INSANE.“Since the patient did not fit the existing CDC criteria for COVID-19, a test was not immediately administered.” pic.twitter.com/OFnOoUfnyU — Ben Hunt (@EpsilonTheory) February 27, 2020 This is from CEO of UC-Davis Health. pic.twitter.com/ZijbN6exWw — Ben Hunt (@EpsilonTheory) February 27, 2020
"Upon admission, our team asked public health officials if this case could be COVID-19," the memo said. "We requested COVID-19 testing by the CDC since neither Sacramento County nor CDPH is doing testing for coronavirus at the time. "Since the patient did not fit the existing CDC criteria for COVID-19, a test was not immediately administered. UC Davis Health does not control the testing process," the memo continued. UC Davis Medical Center said it suspected a viral infection and had implemented "droplet protection orders" and on Sunday, when the person was tested, "airborne precautions." The hospital said this was not the first coronavirus case it had treated and believed there was "minimal potential exposure." The memo did say that some healthcare workers were told to stay home and monitor their temperature. Rep. John Garamendi of California, who represents the district where the patient is being treated, tweeted that he was in "close contact" with the CDC and the state regarding the situation. "We all have the responsibility to protect ourselves and others by washing our hands and carrying out procedures to avoid infecting ourselves and others," he continued. "Please monitor CDC's website and Facebook for further information." At least 60 cases have been reported in the US: 15 US cases; 43 Americans who were repatriated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which was under quarantine in Japan; and three people who were evacuated from Wuhan, China, the origin of the novel coronavirus outbreak. As of Wednesday, the coronavirus has amassed a death toll of over 2,800 people and infected over 82,000 worldwide, with the vast majority of cases and deaths in China. Business Insider could not immediately reach UC Davis Medical Center.Join the conversation about this story »
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The CDC has broadened its coronavirus testing standards so that more Americans showing symptoms can get lab tests
The CDC broadened its coronavirus testing criteria so that more people with symptoms qualify for a...The CDC broadened its coronavirus testing criteria so that more people with symptoms qualify for a test. The testing standards previously required that a patient be hospitalized, have been exposed to a confirmed patient, or have a travel history in an area with an outbreak. As the number of "community spread" cases grows, however, the agency is scrambling to make tests more widely available. For the latest case total, death toll, and travel information, see Business Insider's live updates here. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The CDC has broadened its criteria for sick patients who qualify for coronavirus testing. The new standards, updated on Wednesday, allow more people who have respiratory illness symptoms like cough or fever to get tested. Previously, the CDC standards only tested people who had recent exposure to a confirmed patient, had travelled to a country with an outbreak, or required hospitalization. Those are all still risk factors, but the CDC now says "clinicians should use their judgment to determine if a patient has signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 and whether the patient should be tested." The agency still encourages healthcare providers to consider the state of the coronavirus outbreak in their area when making decisions about tests and to test for other illnesses like flu as well. Many health experts had criticized the CDC's previous limitations on testing. "Coronavirus has been circulating in the United States for weeks. We didn't detect it because we weren't testing properly," Matthew McCarthy, a hospitalist at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City, tweeted on Sunday. "There may have been cryptic transmission in Washington State since January. If I sound alarmed, it's because I am." One man in New York City, who had symptoms and tested negative for 20 common viruses, said he was denied testing last week because his condition wasn't severe enough to keep him in the hospital. He quarantined himself in his apartment just in case. The new standards allow more people like him to get a COVID-19 test if their doctors request it. Experts have criticized limited testing: 'We are in a crisis here' The new standards come a week after the CDC reported "community spread" in California, Oregon, and Washington — cases have cropped up that authorities can't connect to a high-risk country or another confirmed patient. The CDC had tested only about 470 people in the US for COVID-19 as of Sunday, according to the agency's official count. The CDC has since removed those testing numbers from its website. Alex Azar, the US secretary of health and human services, told ABC on Sunday that 3,600 Americans had been tested. South Korea, by contrast, has implemented free coronavirus-testing drive-thrus and tested more than 109,000 people. "Other countries are testing much more broadly than we are," William Schaffner, an infectious-disease specialist at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, previously told Business Insider. "We are trotting along while they're racing along." Because of flawed tests, inadequate funding, and limited testing capacity, widespread testing wasn't possible in the US in recent weeks. But Azar told ABC on Sunday that "we now have 75,000 tests available." Other officials have said testing is likely to become even more widely available in the coming days. "The estimates we're getting from industry right now — by the end of this week, close to a million tests will be able to be performed," Dr. Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, said at a White House press briefing on Monday. Distributing those tests is its own task, however. Nancy Messonnier, the director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said on Friday that the CDC hopes "to have every state and local health department online doing their own testing" by the end of this week. Some experts say the US government should have taken those steps weeks ago. "It is well within the realm of possibility that there are 100,000 people infected with this right now in the United States," Yale professor Howard Forman, a radiologist and expert in healthcare management, told Business Insider. "Healthcare providers may be being exposed, other patients may be being exposed, and until you can give confidence to people about those answers, we are in a crisis here." Aria Bendix, Aylin Woodward, and Jessica Snouwaert contributed reporting. 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