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First American known to die from COVID-19 grew up in Mountain View

Original post made on Apr 23, 2020

The first known coronavirus death in the U.S. has been identified as a San Jose woman who grew up in Mountain View.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, April 23, 2020, 2:04 PM

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Posted by Babe
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 23, 2020 at 6:09 pm

According to some reports, this person worked for Lam Research which has branches in China. If the County is doing contact tracing, will they tell us if someone from that company was the source?

Posted by Lcro
a resident of Mountain View
on Apr 23, 2020 at 8:18 pm

The Asian branches of LAM are both in S. Korea....NOT China. Huge difference.

Posted by Mr.Recycle
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 23, 2020 at 11:09 pm

@Lcro - Lam Research has 15 offices in China, including one in Wuhan. Two manufacturing sites in Korea.

Posted by A Possible Connection
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 24, 2020 at 9:51 am

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Posted by Penny
a resident of Professorville
on Apr 24, 2020 at 11:40 am

Condolences to her family

Posted by PA Resident
a resident of Monroe Park
on Apr 24, 2020 at 12:25 pm

As others have mentioned, it's a tragedy to lose a member of our broader community, and we send our condolences to Ms. Dowd's family.

Related to the potential tech connection, there are articles starting to circulate that some of the early cases of Covid-19 might have stemmed from the CES convention in January. Mashable says there were at least 100 participants from Wuhan at that show.

Posted by Lots of companies
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 24, 2020 at 5:37 pm

Lots of Silicon Valley companies have offices, customers, manufacturing facilities in China. Lots of people of many ethnicities are used to flying back and forth to China on a fairly routine basis. This specifically includes Wuhan. We’re talking many people and many years. Very routine.

Posted by Anything
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 25, 2020 at 8:57 am

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Posted by JR
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 25, 2020 at 4:19 pm

The organizers of events in late Jan and early Feb who cancelled their events as a precaution, clearly saved lives. I know they took a lot of criticism for the cancellations (like the cancellation of the Chinese New Years event in Palo Alto). In hindsight, we should all be grateful for their courage in canceling the events. The Corona Virus was amount us already.

Posted by Resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 26, 2020 at 1:51 am

RE: Lots of companies
I know that all of the speakers from China who were scheduled to participate in our annual meeting in early February, had cancelled in January because they said they were not able to leave. Some presented virtually. They would have flown into Seattle-Tacoma. Personally, I did not attend because I was aware and afraid of this virus, but the organizers in Washington, DC did not think it was something to be concerned about. I tried to convince them to cancel the conference 1-1/2 weeks before it was scheduled. No luck.

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