The coronavirus is now responsible for six deaths in the U.S.
Health officials in Washington state said six people have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Eighteen people in Washington state have tested positive for the virus and another 231 are being monitored.
Four of the deaths have been linked to a nursing home in Kirkland, Washington, located in King County. Among the dead are two men and a woman, all in their 70s, with underlying health conditions and a woman in her 80s who had been listed in critical condition. The youngest death was a man in his 50s.
Several other residents of the nursing home are in critical condition.
Some 25 firefighters who responded to the nursing home are being quarantined as a precaution.
King County has approved the purchase of a motel that will be used to isolate patients in recovery as well as those in active treatment. The county also announced it will place modular units around the county to serve as quarantine and treatment facilities.
The outbreak traces its origins to Wuhan, China but quickly spread across Asia and parts of Europe before coming to the U.S. Cases have been reported in California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Rhode Island, Nebraska and Washington state.
Globally, more than 3,000 people have died due to coronavirus, the vast majority of fatalities in mainland China.
From the Washington state Health Department:
1 – Do not go to the emergency room unless essential. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your regular doctor first.
2 – Stay home when sick.
3- Practice excellent personal hygiene habits, including handwashing, coughing into tissue or elbow, avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.
4- Stay away from people who are ill, especially if you are 60 and older or have underlying health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, or a weakened immune system.
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