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California reports its first death from coronavirus

The patient was a passenger on a Grand Princess cruise ship that traveled from San Francisco to Mexico in February.
 
Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, announces that six new cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in the county, where there was one previously, on the steps of the county Hall of Administration in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday. (AP Photo/Stafanie Dazio)
Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, announces that six new cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in the county, where there was one previously, on the steps of the county Hall of Administration in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday. (AP Photo/Stafanie Dazio) [ STAFANIE DAZIO | AP ]
Published March 4, 2020|Updated March 4, 2020

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a “small cluster” of patients with the new coronavirus in Northern California who were passengers of a Grand Princess cruise ship that traveled from San Francisco to Mexico in February, including a patient who died at a hospital Wednesday.

The Grand Princess' chief medical officer says the ship is at sea off the coast of Mexico and will skip a scheduled stop in Ensenada and return directly to San Francisco, where CDC and cruise officials will meet to determine the next course of action. He said guests who sailed on the Feb. 11-21 voyage and are currently on the ship need to remain in their rooms until they are cleared by medical staff.

The ship is expected to dock in San Francisco Thursday.

Health officials say a Placer County resident who was on the February trip died Wednesday in the first death from the COVID-19 virus in California.

Officials say a resident of Sonoma County who also went on the February voyage and tested positive for COVID-19 is in stable condition at a hospital.

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