Newsom Tells Feds to Send More Coronavirus Testing Kits

Rebekah Sager
February 27, 2020 - 11:22 am

SACRAMENTO -- State health officials and Governor Gavin Newsom will provide a public briefing on the state’s response to novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

In addition to Newsom, California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly, California Department of Public Health Director and State Health Officer Dr. Sonia Angell and Director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services Mark Ghilarducci spoke to the public Thursday. 

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Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed a possible first case of person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 in California in the general public.

Newsom says the state isn't under-reacting or overreacting to the realities and fears people have about coronavirus. He says he's been in "constant contact" with the  Centers for Disease Control.

Newsom says the state of California has told the federal government--- send more coronavirus testing kits

State Health Officer Dr. Sonia Angell says this new infection marks a turning point in the outbreak of coronavirus.

To date, the U.S. has 60 known cases of the infection, with 59 among people who traveled to Asia or were close contacts of people who went there. It's known that 49 of the 60 with the virus got it while quarantined on the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Japan.

Many Americans from that cruise ship in Japan were plagued with a coronavirus outbreak and they were quarantined at Travis. 

"If the infection is confirmed to be a case of 'community spread,' Jennifer Nuzzo, epidemiologist and senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security told the Washington Post. "It would confirm what we have long suspected — that there is a good chance there already are people infected in this country and that the virus is circulating undetected. It points to the need for expanded surveillance so we know how many more are out there and how to respond."

Facebook says it is canceling F8, its annual conference for developers. The show is usually held in late April or early May in the San Francisco area. The company says it is planning other ways for its developer community to get together, including live streams, locally hosted events, and videos. More than 5,000 people from around the world attended last year's F8. Facebook said it will donate $500,000 to organizations serving residents of San Jose, California, where the conference has been held in recent years.

AP contributed to this story.