Coronavirus Update: San Jose Resident Identified As 1st U.S. COVID-19 Death

Santa Clara County's first death from COVID-19 - as well as the first U.S. death - was identified as 57-year-old Patricia Dowd, a senior manager for a Silicon Valley semiconductor firm, according to the county coroner's office.

Coronavirus Update: San Jose Resident Identified As 1st U.S. COVID-19 Death

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Santa Clara County’s first death from COVID-19 – as well as the first U.S. death – was identified as 57-year-old Patricia Dowd, a senior manager for a Silicon Valley semiconductor firm, according to the county coroner’s office.

The Los Angeles Times first reported that it was Dowd, 57, who became sick with flu-like symptoms in late January, citing family members. Dowd passed away on February 6, according to the coroner’s office.

County health officials announced Tuesday the medical examiner’s office and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention testing confirmed three county residents died of coronavirus infections in February and early March, the first fatalities traced to the disease in the United States. Previously, it was believed the nation’s first COVID-19 death took place in Washington state on March 9th.

A brother-in-law told the Times that Dowd, a senior manager for Fremont-based Lam Research, would travel “multiple times a year to different global locations.”

At Tuesday’s announcement, health officials had indicated none of the three early cases had a significant travel history. The two other cases were identified as a 69-year-old man and a 70-year-old man.

The Times reported Dowd’s husband works for the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, previously assigned to the jail staff. The sheriff’s office says COVID-19 cases among jail staff began showing up on March 22.

Raw Video: Santa Clara County Health Officer remarks on first U.S. coronavirus cases

Lam Research provided a statement Thursday regarding Dowd’s death:

“Lam Research continues to grieve the untimely death of a well-respected employee in February. We were deeply saddened to learn today that the employee passed of complications due to COVID-19. The health and safety of our employees has always been our primary concern. From the earliest stages of the pandemic, we swiftly implemented measures to protect employees and slow the spread of the virus in regions where we operate. We are working directly with the Santa Clara Health Department to support their investigation.”

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‘I Literally Had The Chance To Walk Into One Of My Favorite Shows’: Costa Ronin On Showtime’s Homeland & Claire Danes

The Homeland star discusses what it's playing to play Yevgeny Gromov and what his lasting memories of the series will be.

‘I Literally Had The Chance To Walk Into One Of My Favorite Shows’: Costa Ronin On Showtime’s Homeland & Claire Danes

(CBS Local)– Showtime’s “Homeland” is airing its series finale on Sunday, April 26 and actor Costa Ronin has become one of the show’s biggest stars of the past two seasons.

The actor plays Russian intelligence officer Yevgeny Gromov and Ronin’s character is a major part of the eight and final season of the series and he’s loved every minute of being on the show.

“It’s really stepping into an alternative reality where everything is real and you get to touch everything and work with the material. It makes it really, really special,” said Ronin in an interview with CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith. “It’s really quite cool. I’ve been a fan of this show since it came out. I never thought I would be a part of it and when an opportunity came up it was quite surreal. I literally had the chance to walk into one of my favorite shows. It was a really special moment. This show did get to travel around the world quite a bit. I’ve only been a part of it the last two years and even still, we’ve shot in Virginia, Hungary, Morocco, and Los Angeles. All we can do as actors is create wholesome people.”

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Ronin says that everything you saw with Gromov’s evolution this year, also existed last year. The multiple layers of Ronin’s character and the show is one the reasons why he thinks “Homeland” has been so successful over the years.

“When you work on a character, you have to think of it as an onion,” said Ronin. “What I had to do this year is figure out how my onion can create another onion. Yevgeny had to figure out how to work with Carrie. There’s an element of respect and understanding and there’s a fascination because they really are mirror images of one another. They complete one another and understand one another. At the same time, they still work for their own people and their own flags.”

While Ronin has worked with many great actors in projects like “The Americans” and Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood,” Claire Danes is in a category of her own based on how she’s able to jump in and out of playing Carrie Mathison.

“It’s quite remarkable. I’ve been watching the show since the beginning and what’s really cool is that she is able to get into that character instantly,” said Ronin. “We could be having a conversation about Christmas and kids and then literally when they call action, it’s on. In the eyes you can see that energy change. She is an absolutely remarkable artist. It was a gift to work with somebody like her and somebody like Mandy [Patankin.]

Watch all of DJ Sixsmith’s interviews from “The Sit-Down” series here.

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