Patricia Dowd, who works as a manager for a semiconductor company, “exercises regularly, oversees her diet and does not take medication,” the newspaper reported.
Rick Cabello, Dowd’s older brother, told CNN that he did not smoke and was in good health.
“He was an athlete in his high school years, he was always active,” Cabello said. His sudden death was a surprise to family members. “They all believe it was a heart attack,” Cabello said.
The report came after Santa Clara County announced Tuesday that tissue samples confirmed two people who had died in early February were tested positive for the corona virus. One victim, who according to the county died on February 6, is described as a 57-year-old woman while the other is a 67-year-old man who died on February 17. The district did not provide further details.
In a press conference on Wednesday, Director of the Santa Clara County Public Health Department Dr. Sara Cody said no cases had a recent travel history that would expose them to the virus, and officials considered both cases to represent community transmission.
‘He has flu-like symptoms
Before Dowd was found dead on February 6, “he had flu-like symptoms for several days, then seemed to recover,” the Los Angeles Times reported.
Five days before he died, Dowd called his brother to tell him that he could not make a family visit in Stockton, California.
“He feels unwell, which is very unusual for him,” said Cabello. “I remember him specifically saying ‘I’m not feeling well,'” he added.
Los Angeles The Times reported that he had canceled plans to go to the weekend funeral.
Dowd started working from home when his condition improved and had been in contact with a colleague around 8 am on the day of his death. He was found dead about two hours later, according to the Los Angeles Times.
A traveler and ‘everyone’s rock’
Dowd often traveled the world, his sister said.
A family member tells The Los Angeles Times has planned to travel to China later this year and go abroad “several times a year to various global locations.” Los Angeles The Times also reported that Dowd had a history of overseas travel, as did his colleague at Lam Research.
Dowd was “hardworking, loyal and caring,” Cabello told Los Angeles Time.
“He is an energy person in his large network of friends,” said his brother. “He rocks everyone.”
In a wall of respect created for Patricia Dowd by the Cusimano Family Colonial Hospital, a colleague wrote, “I will always remember the kindness and generosity of his spirit. He truly cares and has extraordinary energy.”
The more deaths that are investigated, the more positive things that come
None of the two victims who died in February had been tested for the virus at the time of their death due to limited testing capacity, Santa Clara County said in a news release Tuesday.
The test is only available through the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is limited to people who have a history of travel that is known and shows certain symptoms.
The two victims who died in February had flu-like symptoms before they died, local officials said.
“Because there is still suspicion by the medical examiner that this death was caused by Covid-19, the medical examiner sent an autopsy network to the CDC for definitive testing,” the coroner’s office said in a statement.
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