Questions around sick coronavirus patient in California

A Solano County woman who went to the hospital on Feb. 15 with flu-like symptoms was placed on a ventilator but not tested for the virus until four days later.
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questions this morning after that California woman contracted the virus from an unknown source. The CDC waiting days before testing her. Will Carr joins us from Sacramento, California, with the very latest and, will, this case is really raising serious questions about whether the CDC and states are ready for what's to come. Reporter: That's right, Cecilia. California only has 200 testing kits left. That's for the entire state. The CDC has pledged more in the coming days but this latest case is really becoming a big tipping point. We don't know how this woman was infected. We do know that the initial hospital employees that she encountered are now under self-quarantine as some local experts here worry that this could be the tip of the iceberg. This morning, authorities are scouring this California community to find out if the novel coronavirus could have spread after a solano county woman showed up with flu-like symptoms placed on a ventilator but not tested for the virus until four days later. We don't know where the patient was exposed. The patient wasn't tested prior to that because they weren't severely ill enough. Reporter: According to authorities that woman in quarantine at U.C. Davis medical center had not travelled and does not know anyone who contracted the virus now believed to be the first in the United States to become infected within her own community. The big question, how? This is as a new whistle-blower complaint about this. The accusation, the workers worked without proper training or protective gear. The secretary of health and human services responding. They should never have been without appropriate ppe. What's ppe? That's a personal protective equipment. Reporter: As the number of cases continues to grow, the fda just announced the first manufacturing shortage of an unnamed drug due to the virus. The statement the fda says the shortage is related to a site affected by the coronavirus. Just hours before that release health and human services secretary Alex Azar told lawmakers they're monitoring the We're aggressively monitoring working with the industry and not aware of any potential shortages yet. Reporter: The U.S. Navy ordered all ships that have been in the pacific quarantine for at least 14 days at sea. It comes as here in California 8400 people have still being monitored but authorities here say that the overall risk to the public is still low. T.J. Will, thank you so much.

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