Health officials confirm first coronavirus of unknown origin in the US

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Health officials have reported the first coronavirus case of unknown origin in the Unites States.

The California Department of Public Health says the patient is from Solano County, California and is receiving treatment at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.

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Health officials say the patient was not immediately tested for COVID-19 because they did not fit the existing CDC criteria.

While there are no cases across the five boroughs, Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city is prepared to deal with the virus.

The mayor says there are 1,200 beds available at various hospitals citywide for any coronavirus patients.

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Masks have also been distributed to health care workers and first responders. However, de Blasio is asking for federal funding to pay for 300,000 more masks.

The mayor is also calling on the CDC to work with local health departments.

"We need the CDC to help us to help ourselves. Not just New York City, but cities all over the country. We have very advanced laboratory facilities as a part of our Department of Health. Other cities do as well. These facilities are being under-utilized by the CDC," says de Blasio.

The mayor also wants to see travel restrictions broadened to include other countries besides China.

 

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