According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the coronavirus has officially spread person-to-person in the U.S. after the husband of one of the patients tested positive for the new virus. Director of the CDC Dr. Robert Redfield said, “we understand that this may be concerning, but based on what we know now, our assessment remains that the immediate risk to the American public is low.” Wuhan continues to be the epicenter of the outbreak, which is where the wife had previously been, caring for her father. The couple lives in Chicago. Upward of 8,000 people have been infected with the virus; 170 people have died.
Six people in the United States have been diagnosed. Confirmed cases in the U.S. include: 2 in Chicago, Illinois (the couple); 1 in Everett, Washington; 1 in Los Angeles County, California; 1 in Maricopa County, Arizona; and 1 in Orange County, California.