CDC Confirms Possible Instance of Community Spread of COVID-19 in U.S.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed an infection with the virus that causes COVID-19 in California in a person who reportedly did not have relevant travel history or exposure to another known patient with COVID-19.
At this time, the patient’s exposure is unknown. 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. Community spread means spread of an illness for which the source of infection is unknown. It’s also possible, however, that the patient may have been exposed to a returned traveler who was infected.
This case was detected through the U.S. public health system — picked up by astute clinicians. This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in the United States to 15.
The federal government has been working closely with state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, as well as public health partners, to respond to this public health threat. Unprecedented, aggressive efforts have been taken to contain the spread and mitigate the impact of this virus.
This is a rapidly evolving situation. CDC will continue to update the public as circumstances warrant. For more information about COVID-19 visit www.cdc.gov/covid19.
Global case numbers are reported by the World Health Organization in their Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation reportexternal icon. For U.S. information, visit CDC’s coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the U.S.
- Hong Kong
- Sri Lanka
- The Republic of Korea
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Report – 37
- Four new Member States (Algeria, Austria, Croatia, and Switzerland) reported cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. Algeria is the first Member State of the AFRO Region to report a case of COVID-19.
- For the first time, since the onset of symptoms of the first identified case of COVID-19 on 8 December 20191, there have been more new cases reported from countries outside of China than from China.
- The WHO Director-General provided opening remarks at the weekly Member State briefing on COVID-19 regarding ongoing and future WHO missions along with priorities for control of the outbreak.
From Public Health, England:
Category 1: Travellers should self-isolate, even if asymptomatic, and call NHS 111 to inform of recent travel. Go home or to your destination and then self isolate.
Category 2: Travellers do not need to undertake any special measures, but if they develop symptoms they should self-isolate and call NHS 111.
The guidance for Italy, Iran, Daegu or Cheongdo (Republic of Korea), Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam applies to individuals who returned from these specific areas on or after 19 February 2020.
|Category 1 countries/areas||Category 2 countries/areas|
|Wuhan city and Hubei Province (China, see map)||Cambodia|
|Daegu or Cheongdo (Republic of Korea, see map)||Hong Kong|
|Any Italian town under containment measures (see map)||Italy: north* (see map)|
|Republic of Korea*|
*Except areas of the country specifically referred to in Category 1.