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The coronavirus caused two deaths in California in early and mid-February, new tests show, suggesting the pathogen was circulating in the U.S. weeks earlier than health officials believed.
Two residents of Santa Clara County, California who died at home on Feb. 6 and Feb. 17 were infected with the virus, according to astatement Tuesday from the local medical examiner’s office.
Previously, the first report of a U.S. death from Covid-19 had come on Feb. 29 inWashington state. Days afterward, two earlier deaths in the state were attributed to the viral illness, both occurring on Feb. 26.
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