New virus timeline: California had 2 deaths weeks earlier

  • A man walks a dog as oil tankers sit offshore Wednesday, April 22, 2020, in Huntington Beach, Calif. About three dozen tankers are parked between Long Beach and the San Francisco Bay Area with nowhere to go due to lack of demand and nowhere to store the oil. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

SAN FRANCISCO — Two people with the coronavirus died in California as much as three weeks before the U.S. reported its first death from the disease in late February — a gap that a top health official said Wednesday may have led to delays in issuing stay-at-home orders in the nation’s most populous state.

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