COVID-19 in Washington: 4 additional cases, 1 death in King County
- Author: Ismael Montgomery Mar 03, 2020,
Mar 03, 2020, 0:16
Globally, more than 3,000 people have died as a result of the virus, which has now infected almost 90,000 people with cases in more than 60 countries.
The new cases prompted emergency declarations in at least two states and sparked new warnings.
In Seattle, schools and one skyscraper closed, but health experts cautioned that closures can have downsides. The virus continues to spread worldwide as Indonesia announced its first cases of the virus on Monday.
Both said during a round of TV talk show appearances on Sunday that thousands more testing kits had been distributed to state and local officials, with thousands more to come. Health officials said the virus may have been circulating undetected among the community for weeks. "I believe we're facing an already substantial outbreak in Washington State that was not detected until now due to narrow case definition requiring direct travel to China". In a sign of that, cases of "community spread" - among people with no history of travel to affected areas or contact with people known to be infected - have now been reported in California, Washington state and Oregon.
Washington had reported the first death in the United States.
One patient is a health-care worker in her 40s who was in satisfactory condition, according to state health officials.
The Seattle and King County public health department confirmed late Sunday that a man in his 70s who was a resident of the LifeCare long-term care facility in Kirkland and had coronavirus had died the day before.
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"Most patients (80%) experienced mild illness", the World Health Organization said in a recent update on the coronavirus.
Officials said at a press conference Friday that it is feared that the individual may have exposed students and staff to the virus. As of Saturday, eight people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Washington State.
The three new patients bring the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 10 in King County.
Duchin said it is likely more cases will be discovered. But, he said, the number of cases is expected to increase. Globally there have been more than 87,000 cases and almost 3,000 deaths in 60 countries, according to the World Health Organization.
Now, New York, as reported in another case, is also from Iran. They said flu shots would decrease the number of people hospitalized because of flu and free up space, if needed, to treat patients sickened by the coronavirus. He had underlying health conditions and died on 2/29/20.
Eight of the 14 cases, and four of the deaths, in King County are linked to one care facility. The death of this 70-year-old man previously reported in serious condition is also the second death in the United States from COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises people to wash hands frequently and self-quarantine if they have possible symptoms.