CDC erroneously identified first patient to die from coronavirus as female

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it erroneously identified the first patient to die from the coronavirus as a female.

“CDC erroneously identified the patient as a female in a briefing earlier today with the President and Vice President,” CDC Director Robert Redfield said in a tweet, referring to a press conference held earlier Saturday at the White House. 


The tweet came after Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Watchdog report raises new questions for top Interior lawyer | Senate Democrats ask Trump to withdraw controversial public lands nominee | Border wall water use threatens endangered species, environmentalists say Why a rising star is leaving Congress Inslee, GOP's Culp advance in Washington governor's race MORE (D) announced the first death in the United States from the coronavirus in the state.

At his news conference earlier, President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' MORE had described the victim as a woman in her late 50s.

“Unfortunately one person passed away overnight. She was a wonderful woman, a medically high-risk patient in her late 50s,” Trump told reporters in the White House briefing room.

Washington state officials later described the person as a man in his 50s with underlying health conditions.

Officials have so far announced four cases of the coronavirus in the U.S. with unknown origins, meaning it is possible the virus is spreading among the general public in some areas. That includes two cases in California, one in Oregon and one in Washington state.

To combat a possible outbreak of the coronavirus in the U.S., Trump on Saturday announced further restrictions on travel from Iran and said he was considering closing the southern border.