Newsom Says First Community Spread Of Coronavirus Occurred In Manicure Salon


The first case of community spread of the new coronavirus in California occurred in a nail salon, Governor Gavin Newsom said in a briefing on Thursday.

In response to a question about why churches and nail salons are not among the services that will be allowed to operate in the second stage of the reopening, Newsom said he was “very concerned” about the lounges.

“Let me now be specific to nail salons,” said Newsom. “It all started in the state of California – the first community broadcast – in a nail salon. … I am very worried about this. “

He later added, “Right now, all of our health indicators and health guidelines that I receive from health directors across the state have raised alarm bells in this space. “

It is not clear when or where the community transmission to which Newsom referred took place. His office did not respond to a request for further details, including how the coronavirus was traced to the living room and whether there were associated infections.

On February 26, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that a woman in Solano County appeared to have acquired the coronavirus from an unknown source, marking what public health officials thought at the time. as the first case of community transmission of the virus in the United States

Public health experts now believe that the virus probably spread to the bay region at least several weeks before. A woman who died in Santa Clara County on February 6 has recently been confirmed to be infected with the virus and is now believed to be the first American death due to COVID-19.

The woman – 57-year-old San Jose resident Patricia Dowd had not experienced exposure to the virus through travel or close contact with a known infected person, county health officials said. which means it was likely on display somewhere in the wider community.


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