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Coronavirus case in California is confirmed by the CDC as the first in the US of ‘unknown origin’

A NEW case of the coronavirus confirmed in the U.S. today might be the first of "unknown origin."

The person in California — who hasn't traveled to a country where a known outbreak is happening or has any connection to coronavirus patients — was reported by federal health officials.

Officials say the infected person lives in Solano County and is getting medical care in Sacramento County.

They're working to figure out who the person has been in contact with, but didn't release any other information.

The diagnosis marks the 60th confirmed case of coronavirus in the U.S.

Others who were diagnosed had traveled from aboard or had been in close contact with others who traveled abroad.

The disease has infected more than 80,000 people and killed thousands of others worldwide.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday warned Americans to prepare for an outbreak.

Dr. Nancy Messonnier, of the CDC, said: “It's not so much a question of if this will happen anymore but rather more a question of exactly when this will happen and how many people in this country will have severe illness.”

President Donald Trump held a news conference Wednesday night to encourage Americans to prepare for the disease to spread.

The president said he doesn't think a widespread outbreak is "inevitable," but believes "there's a chance it could get worse."

When asked if schools should prepare for possible outbreaks, Trump said yes and added: "I think every aspect of our society should be prepared."

“We're very, very ready for this, for anything,” even if it's “a breakout of larger proportions,” Trump said of his administration. "We're ready, willing and able."

Trump said the U.S. is "ready to adapt" and ready to do "whatever we have to" if the disease continues to spread.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told reporters that the "containment strategy" implemented by the administration "has been working."

That includes the administration earlier this year placing restrictions on those trying to enter the U.S. from China's Hubei province, where the outbreak is believed to have started.

Azar said while the strategy is working, the risk of the coronavirus spreading can grow and "change quickly."

He said to "expect to see more cases in the U.S."

Health officials said they've been working on a coronavirus vaccine.

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