Governor Newsom Statement on First COVID-19 Death in California

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today issued the following statement regarding the death of a Placer County patient who is the first known COVID-19 death in the state:

“Jennifer and I extend our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones affected by this death in Placer County. The state is working with federal officials to follow up on contact tracing of individuals that may have been exposed to provide treatment and protect public health. 

“This case demonstrates the need for continued local, state and federal partnership to identify and slow the spread of this virus. California is working around the clock to keep our communities safe, healthy and informed.”

More information on California’s response to COVID-19 can be found here.