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The US just reported its second coronavirus death — another patient in Washington state

Aria Bendix , Business Insider US
 Mar 02, 2020, 12:29 PM
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  • A man in his 70s died of the coronavirus in Washington state on Saturday - the second coronavirus death on US soil.
  • King County public health officials reported the death on Sunday.
  • The US's first coronavirus death, a man in his 50s, was also in Washington.
  • Washington has confirmed 13 cases of the virus so far, including the two deaths.
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Two patients in King County, Washington have died of the coronavirus - the first two deaths on US soil.

King County public health officials confirmed the second death on Sunday evening. The patient was a man in his 70s with underlying health problems. The man was a resident of a long-term care facility called Life Care Center in King County. He died on Saturday at EvergreenHealth, a hospital in the Seattle area.

The first coronavirus death on US soil was also a patient at EvergreenHealth: a man in his 50s who had chronic underlying health issues.

Washington has confirmed 13 cases of the virus in total, including the two deaths.

Snohomish County reported a new case at EvergreenHealth on Sunday: a man in his 40s in critical condition.

King County health officials also announced five new cases on Sunday, including three patients at EvergreenHealth: a woman in her 80s, a woman in her 90s, and a man in his 70s. All three patients have underlying health problems and are also residents of the Life Care Center.

The other two cases reported on Sunday were not related to the long-term care facility. The patients, both men in their 60s, are in critical condition.

Previously reported cases in Washington include a woman in her 70s at the Life Care Center who is in serious condition, a healthcare worker at the Life Care Center, a woman in her 50s who recently returned from South Korea, a high school student in Snohomish County, and a man in his 30s in Snohomish County.

Approximately 27 residents at the Life Care Center and 25 staff members have shown symptoms of the virus, King County public health officer Jeffrey Duchin said on Saturday.

On Saturday, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said the Washington State Department of Health, Emergency Management Division, and "local community health partners" were working to strengthen the state's "preparedness and response efforts."

The CDC said on Saturday that the risk to the US public remains low, but the agency may recommend canceling large public events in Washington state if the virus spreads further there.

"In all likelihood, there is ongoing low-level transmission" in Washington, Francis Riedo, an infectious-disease specialist at EvergreenHealth, said at a press conference on Saturday.

In total, the US has more than 80 confirmed coronavirus cases, most among people who were repatriated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

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