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Today In History : January 21, 2022

On This Day In History
On January 21, 2020 the first U.S. case of the 2019 novel coronavirus, which causes a disease known as COVID-19, is confirmed in a man from Washington state.

The virus was first reported in China on December 31, 2019. On January 19, a man who had returned home to Snohomish County, Washington near Seattle on January 15, after traveling to Wuhan, checked into an urgent care clinic after seeing reports about the outbreak.

He was experiencing a cough, fever, nausea and vomiting. The Centers for Disease Control announced on January 21 that the 35-year-old had tested positive for COVID-19. He was hospitalized, where his condition grew worse. However his symptoms abated 10 days later.

The Seattle area became the epicenter of an early U.S. outbreak. 39 residents of a nursing home died from complications from the virus in one four-week span.
The first non-travel case was confirmed in California on February 26, and the first U.S. death was reported on February 29.

As the virus quickly marched across the country, businesses, schools and social gatherings were largely shut down, while, by May, unemployment rates reached their highest levels since the Great Depression.

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