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First American known to die from COVID-19 grew up in Mountain View

Original post made on Apr 23, 2020

The first known coronavirus death in the U.S. has been identified as a San Jose woman who grew up in Mountain View.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, April 23, 2020, 1:32 PM

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Posted by Snowgret
a resident of Rex Manor
on Apr 23, 2020 at 4:53 pm

So...since she didn't travel outside the U.S., how did she get it? What exactly does community transmission mean? That she got it somehow from someone who was connected to someone from Wuhan??


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Posted by kmolander
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 23, 2020 at 5:00 pm

Community transmission means that she got it from person to person contact with someone from the community. That person may have recently traveled from Wuhan, or given that this virus can live on hard surfaces, she may have gotten it from a dirty grocery cart, door handle at work, errant sneeze from someone standing near by as she picked a friend up from the airport. It means that this virus made its way to the US most likely in early January long before Wuhan went on lock down on January 23rd. With the popularity and frequency and affordability of international travel, this does not seem far fetched.


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Posted by Jes' Sayin'
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 23, 2020 at 11:47 pm

The big problem with this thing is that you can have it and not know it. Meanwhile you're spreading it all over the place, with your breath, to whoever is around you. A truly silent killer. Even if you survive, you will probably get long-term lung damage.


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Posted by Gary
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Apr 24, 2020 at 2:54 am

No tracing discussed. Died at home - not in a hospital. The news is that some strain of the virus was in San Jose by mid-January. Here we are in late April with a shortage of most everything including knowledge of just how the virus moved to humans and testing. There is no vaccine and no cure. The press has not even gotten to the bottom of the Wuhan lab story. Did this virus come from a market or a lab?


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Posted by Kim
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Apr 24, 2020 at 3:20 am

I knew this woman and am shocked to hear of her passing due to COVID-19. She was a beautiful person, full of life and laughter. My daughter played softball with her daughter for many years and I spent many weekends at tournaments with them. My heart goes out to her daughter and husband.


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Posted by Old Timer
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 24, 2020 at 11:17 am

She did travel to China as part of her work


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Posted by Old Mountain View
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 24, 2020 at 6:05 pm

It says she did NOT travel to China so based on that the virus was here before Feb 6, the date she died.

"Dowd, along with an unidentified 69-year-old man with the illness who died on Feb. 17, did not travel out of the country before contracting the virus."


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Posted by Kelly
a resident of another community
on May 28, 2020 at 2:08 pm

I am 50yrs old and was sick with Covid-19 starting Jan 28 - March 1st. I live in Los Gatos. I did not know Patricia. The only place I was where I think I could have contracted the virus (publicly) was at DD’s in Los Gatos for a football playoff game on Sunday, Jan 19. There were at least 100 people there.

Did anyone else contract Covid-19 around this same time? And if so, were you at DD’s? I visited Lawrence Kaiser ER on Feb 12 and again Feb 16, but was not tested at that time, as they didn’t know a Covid was in our community.


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