California Is Monitoring at Least 8,400 People for Coronavirus, Governor Says


California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday that 33 people in California have tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus, and officials are currently monitoring more than 8,400 people for the virus.

Newsom stated that 5 of the 33 patients who tested positive for the virus have left the state. Health officials said some of the 33 positive cases were part of the group of evacuated Diamond Princess cruise passengers who were repatriated back to the United States after spending weeks on the quarantined ship held off the coast of Japan.

Newsom said that 49 jurisdictions are monitoring “8,400-plus” people for the virus. “We knew this was inevitable” due to the contagious nature of the virus, he said.

As of Wednesday night, the United States had 60 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, 42 of which were on the ship, according to the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“We are currently in deep partnership with CDC on one overriding protocol that drives our principal focus right now and that’s testing, and the importance to increase our testing protocols and to have point of contact diagnostic testing as our top priority not just in the state of California but I imagine all across the United States,” Newsom said during the press conference.

Thousands of people around the United States have been asked to self-quarantine as the CDC and state health officials monitor them.

California health officials have 200 testing kits and will be receiving more in the coming days, but the governor stressed that the number is “simply inadequate.” The CDC is now “moving expeditiously” on providing more testing kits, Newsom said.

California in late January received its first flight from people who were evacuated from virus-hit Wuhan, China. All 195 passengers were taken to the March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, located in Southern California, before they were released earlier in February.

Evacuees were also taken in at the Travis Air Force Base in Solano County, located some 40 miles southwest of Sacramento, as well as the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar near San Diego.

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One Response to California Is Monitoring at Least 8,400 People for Coronavirus, Governor Says

  1. William Hicks February 29, 2020 at 9:52 am

    8400 seems like a very large number. Other than the obvious people that were either from China or the cruise liner, who could these people be, and where are they?


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