California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday, Feb. 28, that 33 people in California have tested positive for coronavirus, adding the risk to the public remains low.
Of 33 people tested positive for coronavirus, 28 of them are currently living in the state, and “five individuals have subsequently moved out of state,” Gov. Newsom said during a press conference.
On Wednesday, Feb. 26, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevent (CDC) announced one of those people is from an unknown source, drew added attention because the CDC initially declined to do a test for coronavirus as the case did not match the criteria of having returned from an affected country or come into contact with someone known to have it. The testing was then delayed for four days.
The governor said those being monitored for the virus are in 49 local jurisdictions in the state.
NEW: California Gov. Gavin Newsom says 28 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 are currently living in the state: “We have 33 confirmed positive tests for the virus. Five individuals have subsequently moved out of state.” https://t.co/YLZA2m6M2m pic.twitter.com/NvdddWPJem
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California health officials are monitoring 8,400 cases of the novel coronavirus. All of these people have travel history from China but are not currently showing symptoms. Those individuals have been advised to stay in their homes for 14 days, the recommended incubation period for the virus.
Twenty-four of the 33 were flown here from the Diamond Princess cruise ship or on federal repatriation flights from Wuhan.
California health officials have 200 testing kits on hand and will be receiving more next week, according to Newsom.
The case in California’s Solano County brought the total number of COVID-19 cases in the US to 60, including 45 cases among those who were repatriated, the CDC said. On a global scale, the coronavirus outbreak has infected more than 82,000 people and killed over 3,000—mostly in China.