California is monitoring at least 8,400 people for the coronavirus

A San Francisco Public Works Community Clean volunteer wearing a face mask removes trash on a street in the Chinatown district of San Francisco, California, on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday the state is currently monitoring 8,400 people for COVID-19, a day after health officials confirmed the first community transmission of the coronavirus in a Solano County resident. 

“This is a fluid situation right now and I want to emphaize the risk to the American public remains low,” said Dr. Sonia Y. Angell, California Department of Public Health Director and State Health Officer during a press conference. “There have been a limited number of confirmed cases to date.” 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention doesn’t know exactly how the new California patient, who’s receiving medical care in Sacramento County, contracted the virus. The patient didn’t have a relevant travel history or exposure to another patient with the virus, the CDC said Wednesday.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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