Coronavirus Live Updates: US CDC Says 15th COVID-19 Case Could Be From Local Transmission | NATION AND STATE

In a statement released Wednesday evening… , the agency said that one person from California with no travel history to COVID-19-impacted locations and no contact with known COVID-19 carriers had tested positive for the disease.

“At this time, the patient’s exposure is unknown,” the CDC said in a statement. “It’s possible this could be an instance of community spread of COVID-19, which would be the first time this has happened in the United States.”

The agency explained that community spread is the transmission of the illness from unidentified sources, which the agency added could have been a “returned traveler who was infected.”