California county may have traced earliest US coronavirus deaths

California officials have discovered what are possibly the earliest known coronavirus deaths in the United States.

Santa Clara County announced Tuesday that three people who died at home during February and March tested positive for COVID-19 during their autopsies. The deaths took place on Feb. 6, Feb. 17 and March 6.

It was previously believed that the first US victim of the virus was a man in Washington state who died on Feb. 29.
Testing criteria set by the CDC at the time-restricted testing to only individuals with a known travel history and who sought medical care for specific symptoms.”

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