CDC: California coronavirus case may be 1st with no ties outside U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday that a person in California has tested positive for coronavirus, or COVID-19, without traveling to a place with an outbreak or having contact with someone infected.

“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,” the CDC said in a statement.

The case was “detected through the U.S. public health system,” the CDC said, and “picked up by astute clinicians.” If community spread of the virus is confirmed, it would mark a significant escalation of the threat in the U.S., which currently has 60 known infections.

Forty-two of the U.S. patients were infected on a quarantined cruise ship in Japan.

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