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A person in Washington state has change into the second particular person within the U.S. to die from a coronavirus illness referred to as COVID-19. The person was in his 70s and had been residing at a nursing facility close to Seattle that’s now suspected of being the positioning of America’s first outbreak of the brand new coronavirus.
Information of the person’s loss of life got here simply sooner or later after officers reported Washington state’s first loss of life from the sickness — additionally in King County.
The second sufferer, who has not been recognized, was a resident on the Life Care Heart of Kirkland, the place dozens of different individuals have proven signs of COVID-19. The nursing heart northeast of Seattle says anybody with signs is being remoted beneath an infection management protocols, nevertheless it notes that presently of yr colds and flu-like signs are widespread.
There have now been 10 confirmed circumstances of the coronavirus sickness within the Seattle space, based on the general public well being company for Seattle and King County.
“A group of CDC officers is on-the-ground” in King County to assist the native effort, based on Public Well being — Seattle & King County.
There are presently at the least 91 circumstances of the coronavirus sickness within the U.S. — together with 48 circumstances amongst individuals repatriated from China and from the Diamond Princess cruise ship — based on the CDC.
Over the weekend, well being officers reported the primary confirmed COVID-19 circumstances in Florida, New York and Rhode Island.
“Florida has 2 presumptive constructive #COVID19 circumstances,” the Florida Division of Well being says via Twitter. “One grownup resident of Hillsborough County and one grownup resident of Manatee County. Each people are remoted and being appropriately cared for.”
The New York case includes a girl in her 30s who had not too long ago traveled to Iran and is now remoted in her house. Whereas she has signs of COVID-19, she just isn’t in critical situation and “has been in a managed state of affairs since arriving to New York,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.
Within the Rhode Island case, the affected person “is of their 40s and had traveled to Italy in mid-February,” the Rhode Island Division of Well being stated. It added that the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention is working to hint individuals who have been on the affected person’s return flight to the U.S.
The coronavirus sickness is prone to proceed to unfold in the USA, well being officers say. In an indication of that, circumstances of “neighborhood unfold” — amongst individuals with no historical past of journey to affected areas or contact with individuals identified to be contaminated — have now been reported in California, Washington state and Oregon.
Well being officers count on extra coronavirus circumstances to be reported within the U.S., as extra labs throughout the nation add the power to check for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
The well being departments in each New York and Rhode Island had solely not too long ago gained the power to check for the virus; for weeks, the CDC was the one U.S. company able to finishing up such exams. As extra labs take a look at for the virus, their outcomes are being reported as presumptive, with the federal company nonetheless relied upon for a closing affirmation.
To forestall the virus from spreading, consultants suggest the identical measures that restrict any virus, from washing arms with cleaning soap and water for at the least 20 seconds to coughing in elbows and avoiding handshakes. The CDC says it “doesn’t suggest that people who find themselves effectively put on a facemask to guard themselves from respiratory ailments, together with COVID-19.”
COVID-19’s commonest signs embody fever, shortness of breath and a dry cough, the World Well being Group says. And normally, individuals do not develop a critical sickness.
“Most sufferers (80%) skilled delicate sickness,” the World Well being Group stated in a latest replace on the coronavirus. “Roughly 14% skilled extreme illness & 5% have been critically in poor health.”
There are presently about 90,000 confirmed circumstances of the novel coronavirus on the earth. Of that quantity, barely greater than half — practically 45,400 individuals — have recovered from the virus. However greater than 3,000 individuals have died.