A patient infected with the coronavirus in Washington state has died. A state health official says this is the first death due to the virus in the United States.
Trump said in a press briefing Saturday deserting the patient as a
“medically high-risk patient in her late 50s” and said she was “a wonderful woman.”
Washington Gov. Jan Inslee referred to the patient as male earlier.
According to the Washington Post, Trump was the one that got it wrong.
“A man in his 50s with underlying conditions on Saturday was reported as the first covid-19-related fatality in the United States.
Earlier in the day, President Trump described the patient as a ‘wonderful woman’ and a ‘medically high-risk patient,’ at a news conference at the White House.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement,
“These new testing protocols and resources will help California medical experts identify and treat COVID-19 cases, trace potential exposures and better protect public health.”
Some testing kits initially sent to state and local labs were flawed, delaying their ability to test for the virus. Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said Friday,
“This has not gone as smoothly as we would have liked.”
CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said tha the Solano County patient now in serious condition wasn’t initially tested at UC Davis or the Northern California hospital she was transferred from because she did not fit the CDC criteria for testing at the time.
“As soon as that case was recognized, we met and we revised our case definition for persons under investigation. Today that has been posted along with a new health advisory that the recommendation should be when a clinician or individual suspects coronavirus, then we should be able to get a test for coronavirus.”