Multiple Deaths From Coronavirus Confirmed In Washington State

Exterior view of the EvergreenHealth Medical Center where one patient infected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has died in Kirkland, Washington on February 29, 2020. (Photo by JASON REDMOND/AFP via Getty Images)
March 2, 2020 8:07 a.m.
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Six people have died from the coronavirus in the U.S., Washington state health officials confirmed on Monday afternoon.

Washington’s Seattle & King County public health officials announced that three infected patients at EvergreenHealth Medical Center died on Sunday. Two of the patients were in their 70s with “underlying health conditions,” while one was a woman in her 80s, health status currently unknown. A patient in Snohomish County has also died.

Over the weekend, the officials had announced that two male patients had died from the disease.

Two of the deceased patients were residents of LifeCare, a nursing home in Kirkland, Washington. Another resident and one employee at LifeCare are currently hospitalized for the disease.

The coronavirus also has appeared for the first time in Florida and New York, according to state officials.

There are two “presumptive positive” cases of the virus in Florida, the state’s Department of Health reported on Sunday night.

“Both individuals are isolated and being appropriately cared for,” the department said in a statement.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced on Sunday that a “woman in her late thirties” contracted the virus “while traveling abroad in Iran.”

“There is no reason for undue anxiety–the general risk remains low in New York,” he said. “We are diligently managing this situation and will continue to provide information as it becomes available.”

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