WORLD Person in Washington state first in US to die from new virus


Person in Washington state first in US to die from new virus

By Zheng Qi | People's Daily app

02:30, March 01, 2020

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Washington (People’s Daily) -- The Washington state patient who died from the novel coronavirus was a man in his 50s, Dr Jeffrey Duchin, health officer for Seattle and King County, Washington, said during a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention news briefing on Saturday afternoon.

President Trump and other health officials speaking at an earlier White House press conference on Saturday had said the person who died was a woman.

Dr Nancy Messonnier, director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, also confirmed at the news briefing that there are 3 new coronavirus cases with people who have tested presumptive positive in Washington state.

This includes the first reported death, as well as the first reported case in a US healthcare worker and the first case in a skilled nursing facility.

Two cases are associated with Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington, said Dr Duchin. One case is a healthcare worker, a woman in her 40s, who is hospitalized in satisfactory condition. She had no relevant history of travel.

The other case is a woman in her 70s who was a resident of the center. She is in serious condition in another hospital.

CDC said there are now 22 cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States. That number does not include individuals repatriated to the United States from Wuhan, China, or from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

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