Today, on March 4th 2020, California saw its’ first death due to the Coronavirus. The individual, an elderly adult with underlying health conditions, was the second person reported in Placer County, but the first official death. Health officials say the individual, who remains anonymous, was most likely exposed to the virus on an international Princess cruise ship that traveled from San Francisco to Mexico on February 10th and returned on February 21st.
Governor Gavin Newsom offered his condolences stating, “This case demonstrates the need for continued local, state and federal partnership to identify and slow the spread of this virus,” He continued, “California is working around the clock to keep our communities safe, healthy and informed.”
Additionally, Senator Dianne Feinstein expressed her support for “Funding to aggressively battle the Coronavirus” and overall concerns in a tweet below.
I strongly support the agreement to provide $7.8 billion in supplemental funding to aggressively battle the coronavirus. Just today, California saw its first coronavirus death in Placer County. My thoughts are with the friends and family of the victim. pic.twitter.com/i8HQgNHXNt
— Senator Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) March 4, 2020
As of now, there are 128 cases in the United States, including 58 in California and 30 in the Bay Area. Within the 128, there have been 11 total deaths in the U.S. with 10 in Washington state and now one in California.
The virus outbreak has made a large impact not only on citizens, but also politicians. Lawmakers in Washington have agreed to allocate $8.3 billion towards the coronavirus, which is nearly seven times larger than the amount President Donald Trump requested. The money will fund responses from the government, such as vaccine development, small business assistance for those affected and support for state and local governments.
Experts say in order to prevent getting Coronavirus actively wash your hands, remain about three feet from other individuals, practice respiratory hygiene, avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, stay at home if you do not feel well, and if you have a cough, fever or difficulty breathing seek medical help immediately.