(UnitedVoice.com) – A man from Washington State became the first person in the US to die from the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, on Saturday.
The Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said during a press conference that there was no evidence the man, who was in his 50s, had close contact with anyone infected and hadn’t traveled to any relevant areas recently. This means there’s a high chance that he was infected by a member of his community.
A few hours after the man passed away, the State of Washington declared a state of emergency.
Two additional cases of the coronavirus were confirmed by local labs in Washington on Saturday as well, though they have not yet been confirmed by the CDC’s official lab in Atlanta.
These cases come from the Life Care Center of Kirkland, which is a long-term care facility, and officials reported that 25 staff members and 27 patients had symptoms similar to COVID-19.
We’ll keep you updated as more information about this potential outbreak becomes available.
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