ABC7 News reports that a new case of the coronavirus has been detected in Northern California.
The resident contracting this virus apparently has not traveled since the outbreak started.
The CDC stated that the virus could be spreading locally, person-to-person.
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed an infection with the virus that causes COVID-19 in California in a person who reportedly did not have relevant travel history or exposure to another known patient with COVID-19,” the CDC declared in a press release.
The patient resides in Solano County and is currently receiving medical treatment in Sacramento County, according to a report from the California Department of Public Health.
Travis Air Force Base is located in Solano County. However, Americans stationed at this base who are returning from abroad have been subject to quarantines for novel coronavirus screening.
UC Davis Health officials claim that the patient was transferred to their facility from another Northern California hospital on February 19, 2020. The UC Davis team had already been intubated, were on a ventilator, and were given droplet protection orders due to the undiagnosed and suspected viral condition once the patient arrived.
According to UC Davis, their team requested that the CDC conduct testing for COVID-19. However, due to the patient not matching the existing CDC criteria for the virus, the test was not immediately applied
On Sunday, the CDC ordered COVID-19 testing of the patient. The patient was placed under airborne precautions due to concerns of the patient’s condition.
On Wednesday, the CDC confirmed that the patient tested positive.
UC Davis took precautionary measures by asking a small number of employees to stay home and check their temperature.
So far, it is unknown how the patient caught the virus. If the patient contracted it in the United States, it would mark the country’s first case of it spreading here, as opposed to overseas exposure.
“At this time, the patient’s exposure is unknown. It’s possible this could be an instance of community spread of COVID-19, which would be the first time this has happened in the United States. Community spread means spread of an illness for which the source of infection is unknown. It’s also possible, however, that the patient may have been exposed to a returned traveler who was infected,” the CDC detailed in their statement.
The public health system in Northern California caught this case.
The CDC says the federal government is cooperating with the state of California to “contain the spread and mitigate the impact of this virus.”
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Greg Abbott Signs Executive Order Keeping Violent Criminals from Going Back on the Streets During the Wuhan Crisis
After the Wuhan Virus was confirmed in several Texas jails in the last week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order on March 29, 2020 that makes it more difficult for several inmates to be let out on “no-cost, personal recognizance bonds.”
Abbott tweeted, “Today I issued an Executive Order preventing [email protected] of dangerous criminals from prisons & jails. We want to prevent the spread of #COVID19 among prison staff & inmates. But, releasing dangerous criminals in the streets is not the solution. #txlege #coronavirus”
Today I issued an Executive Order preventing [email protected] of dangerous criminals from prisons & jails.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 30, 2020
Several cases of the Wuhan Virus were discovered in the Dallas County Jail and Harris County Jail last week, two of the state’s largest jails. In addition, a handful of cases were confirmed in state prisons. According to NBC DFW, the virus’ outbreak was “followed by demands to reduce the inmate populations by releasing, immediately and without bond or judicial delay, those held on misdemeanor crimes or awaiting trial on misdemeanor crimes. Some also called for non-violent felons to also be released on no-cost bonds.”
Abbott said Sunday that “releasing dangerous criminals makes the state even less safe” and issued a proclamation to prevent judges, and others, from releasing some inmates without a paid, cash bond.
In his executive order, Abbott declared that a person convicted of a crime that involved or threatened physical violence, or a person arrested for such a crime backed by probable cause, or a person with a criminal history of violent crime, cannot get out of jail on a no-cost personal recognizance bond.
With a PR bond, a defendant is released without having to post any money for his or her bond on the promise they’ll show up to their next court date.
Instead of virtue signaling and buying into the criminal justice reform movement’s desire to foment anarcho-tyranny, Abbott has held his ground by promoting public order.
A crisis like the Wuhan Virus pandemic does not need to be exacerbated by opening up the prison floodgates.
This is one case where American policymakers should use logic not emotion to craft prison policies in times of a pandemic.
Failure to do so will put the U.S. on the road to institutional failure.
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