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I missed this Mercury News article 10 days ago, indicating 6 deaths spread across the US attributed in part to COVID before Feb 1, 2020.  Reporters have now determined the identity of the person in Kansas whose death is the earliest listed, January 9, 2020.  When her death certificate was amended to add COVID (in May 2021), her family wasn't told.

The elderly woman had comorbidities, but no travel.

Presumably there haven't been any epidemiological studies done yet either to see who may have infected her or whether anyone was infected by her.

I would keep in mind that samples may be contaminated before/during testing, which could lead to false positives.