Coronavirus in California: Solano County and U.C. Davis

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The worries about the spread of the coronavirus reached new heights in California yesterday, essentially drowning out all of the state’s other anxieties. (It still hasn’t rained in the Bay Area, for instance.)

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Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that there had been 33 cases in California and as many as 8,400 people were being monitored for the virus, but that the state had only about 200 testing kits, which he described as “inadequate.” The C.D.C., he said, had promised to provide more.

Later on Thursday, The Sacramento Bee reported that a student at the University of California, Davis, was showing “mild symptoms,” and that the student’s three roommates were in isolation.

But although the authorities have emphasized that emergency declarations and other measures are still mostly precautionary, The Los Angeles Times reported that businesses were pulling events out of California and that this weekend’s Korea Times Music Festival at the Hollywood Bowl has been postponed.

Businesses in Chinese enclaves are struggling, too: The Guardian described San Francisco’s Chinatown — normally bustling with tourists — as almost eerily deserted.

  • Updated Feb. 28, 2020

    • Sixty-two people in the U.S. have been infected with the virus, mainly from travel abroad. There have been no deaths so far.
    • Residents in Solano County, Calif. are worried about what may be the first infection in the U.S. without a known link to travel abroad.
    • An outbreak would test the American education system. Few schools have detailed plans to teach online if schools were closed for long periods.
    • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that Americans should brace for the likelihood that the virus will spread in the U.S. Some lawmakers questioned whether the nation is prepared.
    • Can a state force a city to house coronavirus patients? A federal judge ruled that Costa Mesa, Calif., does not have to, at least for now.
    • The outbreak has left some Asian-Americans feeling an unsettling level of public scrutiny.
    • An Omaha hospital that drew attention for treating Ebola patients is now playing a key role again.
    • Most experts agree: To protect yourself wash your hands and avoid touching your face.
    • Mask hoarders may increase the risk of an outbreak in the U.S. Health care workers risk infection if they cannot get the protective gear.

Of course, this is all just in California. The outbreak has been a global phenomenon, sending financial markets plummeting and becoming a political cudgel.

Here’s more of The Times’s coverage:

  • The latest on the virus around the globe.

  • The virus can be deadly, but the vast majority of those who have been infected suffer only mild symptoms and make full recoveries — here’s why that’s kind of a double-edged sword.

  • Kara Swisher on how the spread of a novel illness is a test for the tech industry. (It’s been a boon for Zoom Video Communications, the teleconferencing company.)

  • What a coronavirus outbreak means for schools around the U.S.

  • And how to prepare. (Wash your hands, get a flu shot, stay home if you don’t feel well and don’t panic.)


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