By Marissa Perlman

ROSEVILLE (CBS13) – One person has died in Placer County of the coronavirus. It’s the first confirmed death related to the disease in California and just the 10th in the U.S.

The county health department says the person was a critically ill older adult resident of Rocklin who was likely exposed to the virus on a Princess cruise ship that left from San Francisco to Mexico. According to a cruise ship spokesperson, the patient was a 71-year-old man.

That same cruise is associated with a coronavirus case in Sonoma County.

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“While we have expected more cases, this death is an unfortunate milestone in our efforts to fight this disease, and one that we never wanted to see,” said Placer County Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson in a statement about the patient’s death.

The patient had been in isolation at the Kaiser Roseville hospital.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom released a statement following the patient’s death.

“This case demonstrates the need for continued local, state and federal partnership to identify and slow the spread of the virus,” Gov. Newsom said.

Health officials say the patient had “minimal community exposure” from the time they had returned from the cruise ship to when they arrived at the hospital on Feb. 27.

As a result of their contacts with the patient, 10 Kaiser Permanente healthcare workers and 5 emergency responders have been put in quarantine. None of them are showing symptoms of the virus, health officials say.

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Placer County’s first confirmed case of coronavirus was announced Monday. That person is a worker at the NorthBay VacaValley Hospital in Vacaville who had been in close contact with a woman who was later transferred to another hospital.

The county’s second confirmed case of the virus was announced the next day. This second case was the patient who officials said died on Wednesday.

Health officials stress that handwashing and other basic steps that minimalize exposure are the best ways to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Gov. Newsom held a briefing at 4 p.m. regarding the state’s response to the coronavirus. Read more here: Governor Newsom Announces State Of Emergency In California Due To Coronavirus Spread

Marissa Perlman

Comments (3)
  1. Always knew Placer would be the first place this turned serious. Ever since we saw another “exposed” woman in those grocery stores in Feb in Roseville etc. – which y’all were warned of, right here. Isolation man, take it seriously. This is like HIV pos ppl sleeping around.

  2. William Miller says:

    The sky is falling. The sky is falling.
    Let’s quarantine those exposed to the ‘regular’ flu that has already killed between 12,000 and 30,000 this season (per CDC).
    Oh wait! 100% of US citizens would be confined to their homes.

    1. cfb says:

      There’s one in every crowd. Coronavirus kills 3.4% of infected and is far more contagious than influenza which has a much lower rate of contagion and death. If everyone on earth got the coronavirus, approximately 272 MILLION people would die. That is almost the population of the United States.

      Oh and the other fun part is that hospitals here in the US are poorly prepared for a pandemic, low on training, low on masks and other protective gear, and its all in short supply. Imagine how much “better” it is in 3rd world countries.

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