Health officials in California, Oregon and Washington reported three new cases of coronavirus with no travel history to China or known exposure to carriers, adding to concerns that the virus is spreading in communities.232
The spread of coronavirus world-wide has intensified efforts to prepare for a U.S. outbreak, with hospitals straining to increase capacity to handle an influx of contagious patients and local governments mulling closures.
The FDA will allow hundreds of U.S academic hospital labs to immediately begin testing for the novel coronavirus, meaning that the U.S. will soon be able to test thousands of patients rather than the few hundred tested so far.155
California’s mountain snowpack is about half its normal level, raising fears of a renewed drought after a string of mostly wet years. State water officials named climate change as a possible culprit.174