Governor Andrew Cuomo confirmed six cases of coronavirus in New York on Wednesday. The nationwide death toll stands at nine, with Washington state being hit the hardest.
Six people have died in Washington state as the United States grapples with more than 100 cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.Four of the people who died were residents at the Life Care Center nursing care facility in Kirkland, in suburban Seattle, King County health officer Jeffrey Duchin said Monday.
Four other coronavirus cases are also linked to the Life Care Center.”Current residents and associates continue to be monitored closely, specifically for an elevated temperature, cough and/or shortness of breath,” officials said in a statement on the Life Care website. “Any resident displaying these symptoms is placed in isolation. Associates are screened prior to beginning work and upon leaving.”
So far, every death from novel coronavirus in the United States has been in Washington state.A recent surge of cases nationwide has prompted new travel restrictions, school closures and emergency declarations.
But now is not the time to panic, US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said.
“I want folks to understand that we knew this was coming, we told folks that this was going to happen and it is why we’ve been preaching preparedness from the very start,” Adams said Monday.”Caution is appropriate. Preparedness is appropriate. Panic is not.”Two dozen new cases were reported over the weekend, including the first two deaths from the virus in the United States.
There are 102 cases reported nationwide, according to the federal and state health officials, including:
- 45 former passengers of the Diamond Princess cruise ship, the site of a recent outbreak and quarantine
- 3 Americans recently repatriated from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the outbreak
- 17 people believed to have contracted the virus through travel
- 37 people who got sick from another person in the United States, including some who don’t know who the source was.
At least 4 deaths linked to one facility
Four residents of the facility have died from the virus. At least two of them — a man and woman in their 70s — had underlying health conditions, health officials said.”As you know, we tragically have experienced several more deaths reported today.
And our condolences go out to their families, of course,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said at a White House meeting with pharmaceutical companies to discuss developing a coronavirus vaccine.More than 50 residents and staff have been experiencing symptoms and will be tested for coronavirus, Duchin said.The facility has about 108 residents and 180 staff members, he said.An investigation into the facility was launched after a resident and a health care worker tested positive for the coronavirus, Duchin said.Gov. Jay Inslee told reporters: “Our priority now is to slow the spread of this dangerous virus.”Inslee, a Democrat who is running for reelection, said he is not shaking hands right now as a precaution and also stayed home from work last Wednesday because he had a cough.