Health Officials Announce COVID-19 Test Result

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A man in his 50s is the first Shasta County resident to receive a presumptive diagnosis of COVID-19, the novel Coronavirus. The patient is recovering in isolation at home. The Shasta County Public Health Laboratory ran the first tests, which were positive, and they will be sent to the CDC for confirmation.

The man has a history of recent travel. Public health staff are conducting contact tracing now to identify anyone who had been in close contact with the patient.

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7 Responses

  1. R.V. Scheide R.V. Scheide says:

    It’s here!

  2. Avatar ED MAREK says:

    “It” has likely been “here” for quite a while.

    We’ve just been participating in Trump’s national campaign to NOT look for it:

    “Testing for the coronavirus might have stopped it. Now it’s too late.

    The disease spread unchecked in the United States because we didn’t look for it.

    William Hanage is an associate professor of epidemiology at the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

    The battle to keep covid-19 from becoming established in the United States is probably over without a single shot being fired. We were not outwitted, outpaced or outflanked. We knew what was coming. We just twiddled our thumbs as the coronavirus waltzed in…”

  3. Avatar ED MAREK says:

    Shasta county is officially ON THE MAP…

    Confirmed Cases by Country/Region

    80,735 Mainland China
    7,478 South Korea
    7,375 Italy
    7,161 Iran
    1,209 France
    1,151 Germany
    979 Spain
    696 Others
    566 US…

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      “Confirmed” is the operative word. The numbers of actual cases are no doubt orders of magnitude higher. That’s in part because so many people are asymptomatic or have very mild symptoms for which they don’t seek treatment. It’s also a low estimate because countries like Albania, Sierra Leone, Myanmar, and the United States don’t have their testing programs up to speed.*

      *Apologies to Albania if I wrongly assumed.

  4. James Montgomery James Montgomery says:

    I have assumed from the beginning- since it took Beijing, anyway- that it was unstoppable, regardless of the steps taken. I also assume that eventually most of us will get it, and it will kill 2 or 3% of us. In a year or two there will be a vaccine.
    In the meantime, wash your hands, panic, and blame your political opponents.

    • Steven Towers Steven Towers says:

      I agree with some of that—that it’s unstoppable, and that most of us will eventually get it.

      I am hopeful that it doesn’t kill 2-3% of the population. That would be about 8.2 million Americans and almost 200 million worldwide (at ~2.5%). But it’s possible. The 1918 H1N1 flu pandemic killed up to 50 million. That’s roughly 3% of the 1.5 billion population then.

      Vaccines for the other six coronaviruses—four that cause the common cold and two that are more lethal than CORVID-19—have been hard to develop for a variety of reasons, including the nature of the virus itself, cuts to federal research funding, and corporate liability. Regarding the latter, many pharma companies just got out of the vaccine business altogether rather than risk facing civil lawsuit juries made up of Karens and their vaccine conspiracies.

    • Avatar ED MAREK says:

      Only the idiots among us have NOT panicked yet:

      “Taleb says Musk’s comment on coronavirus panic being ‘dumb’ is what’s dumb

      …Mathematician Nassim Nicholas Taleb suggests Elon Musk doesn’t understand the spread of risk in complex systems, a professor and investor whose work has focused on the risks of unexpected events, followed up in a Saturday tweet: “If the word ‘panic’ means ‘exaggerated’ reaction, could be so at the individual level but NOT at the collective one. … We have survived for zillion years thanks to ‘irrational’ ‘panics.’”

      To act “rational” during a viral outbreak that has few consequences for the individual could lead to greater overall death, Taleb explained.

      That’s because if one fails to panic and act in an “ultraconservative” manner, he said in a Twitter thread that links to a March 5 tweet, a virus can spread more easily and become a “severe” source of risk for the entire system — or, in this case, society…”

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