A seemingly healthy California woman who died in early February is now the first known Coronavirus case in the US, suggesting the virus was lurking far earlier than assumed. Autopsy results show that two people in the state died in February because of COVID-19.
Until Tuesday, the first known deaths because of coronavirus were in Washington state.
Both died in their homes. Dr. Sara Cody, the county's chief medical officer, believes the two were infected in the community. Health experts believe that a person who died from it in February would have contracted the virus in January, if not earlier than that.
The CDC confirmed Tuesday that tissue samples tested positive for covid.
In places like Indiana, new research reveals that cases predate first reported cases by weeks.