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Medical students, faculty and volunteers take blood samples during a coronavirus antibody study in Mountain View, Calif., on April 3. Santa Clara County’s medical examiner says a person who died on Feb. 6 has posthumously tested positive for COVID-19. Ray Chavez/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images hide caption

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The first U.S. death known to be from COVID-19 occurred on Feb. 6 — nearly three weeks before deaths in Washington state that had been believed to be the country’s first from the coronavirus, according to officials in Santa Clara County, Calif. The person died at home and at a time when testing in the U.S. was tightly limited not only by

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