LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — New information released Tuesday night shows that the first documented COVID-19 deaths in the United States happened days earlier than previously believed.
The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner said two coronavirus-infected people died there on Feb. 6 and Feb. 17.READ MORE: Two-Alarm House Fire Breaks Out In Simi Valley, 1 Rescued
Until now, the first fatality was believed to have occurred in Washington state on Feb. 29.READ MORE: California's Mask Mandate Could End On June 15, Gov. Newsom Says
The county said the people died at home during a time when testing was only available through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.MORE NEWS: Over 12 Cars Hit By BB Or Pellet Guns On Southern California Freeways In 2 Weeks
Santa Clara County officials said they expect additional deaths from COVID-19 will be identified as they continue to investigate.