gb2626-2006, In a primetime press conference Wednesday, President Trump said a vaccine was coming along well, but officials later clarified it wouldn't be ready for approximately a year and a half. The president and his deputies emphasized that the risk to Americans was low but could potentially increase quickly. Vice President Mike Pence was appointed to oversee efforts to combat the virus. Meanwhile, California and federal officials on Thursday were in the midst of an intense effort to retrace the movements of a Northern California woman believed to be the first person in the U.S. to contract the highly contagious coronavirus with no known connection to travel abroad or other known causes.
gb2626-2006 - WATCH THE TRUMP CORONAVIRUS PRESS CONFERENCE The woman lives in Solano County, home to Travis Air Force Base, where dozens of people infected in China or on cruise ships have been treated. However, Sonia Angell, director of the California Department of Public Health, said there was no evidence the woman had any connection to the base. Vice President Mike Pence, left, and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, second from left, look at a large monitor displaying a tally of total coronavirus cases, deaths, and recovered, as they tour the Secretary's Operations Center following a coronavirus task force meeting at the Department of Health and Human Services, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
gb2626-2006, Gov. Gavin Newsom declined comment when asked by reporters to name the community in Solano County the woman was from but urged people to take precautions while emphasizing that the risks to public health were low. He said there was no need to declare a public health emergency. “Everybody in this country is rightfully anxious about this moment,” Newsom said. “I think they should know we are meeting this moment with the kind of urgency that is necessary and I don’t want to over extend the anxiety.”
gb2626-2006 - Newsom said the state only has only received about 200 testing kits for the virus, an amount he called “simply inadequate.” But he said federal officials have promised him the state will get many more soon. CDC DIRECTOR SAYS CORONAVIRUS THREAT IN US REMAINS LOW, BUT WARNS THERE WILL BE NEW CASES California Health and Human Services Agency Director Mark Ghaly said health officials would change the way they test for the virus by “shifting from order and community containment to one where we acknowledge that community spread is possible.” He did not elaborate.
gb2626-2006 - This undated photo provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows CDC’s laboratory test kit for the new coronavirus. (CDC via AP) The woman from Solano County was transferred from the Vacaville hospital to UC Davis Medical Center on Feb. 19, but it took four days for the Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention to approve a request to test the patient for COVID-19, according to a memo posted to the hospital’s website from interm CEO Brad Simmons and David Lubarsky, vice chancellor of human health sciences.