Vacaville Woman Could’ve Exposed Dozens to COVID-19


Noah Berger

Solano County Health Officer Dr. Bela Matyas discusses his county’s response to a resident diagnosed with coronavirus on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in Fairfield, California.

February 28th, 2020

On Wednesday, a California woman potentially exposed dozens of people to the 2019 Coronavirus. She arrived at the small VacaValley Hospital on the 15th of February and spent three days there before symptoms worsened and she was transferred to the University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.

After finding out that the patient was suffering from the coronavirus, the hospital quickly traced down anyone in the Vacaville facility who may have had any contact with the patient.

“Dozens” but “less than a hundred” people were potentially exposed at the hospital, said Steve Huddleston, spokesperson for NorthBay Healthcare. However, he added it’s a moving target because hospital officials keep identifying additional people monitored on camera who may have come near the patient or close to the room where the patient was staying. All of these people are currently under home-quarantine.

She is believed to be the first person in the U.S. to be infected without traveling internationally or being in close contact with anyone who had it.