"Despite University of California medical facilities being generally better prepared and equipped to treat challenging medical cases, the recent UC Davis Medical Center COVID-19 case highlights the nation's vulnerability to this virus and the insufficiency of current Centers for Disease Control guidelines, "the National Nurses United said in a news release Friday.
A UC Davis Health spokesman told CNN they did not comment.
"We know that we can be successful in getting all our hospitals prepared to control the spread of this virus. We are committed to working with hospitals and state and federal agencies to be ready," Bonnie Castillo, the union's executive director, said in a statement. "But nurses and health care workers need optimal staffing, equipment, and supplies to do so."
The patient was transferred to UC Davis on February 19 from a Northern California hospital. Officials from both hospitals said the patient was not initially tested for the virus because she did not meet the existing CDC criteria.
The patient did not have any relevant travel history or exposure to another known patient, said Dr. Sara Cody, director of the county's public health department.
Since then, CDC officials say they've updated their testing guidelines.
"As soon as that case was recognized, we met and we revised our case definition for persons under investigation," CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said earlier this week. "Today, that has been posted (to the CDC website) along with a new health advisory that the recommendation should be when a clinician or individual suspects coronavirus, then we should be able to get a test for coronavirus."