First US COVID-19 Death Reported

01 Mars, 2020, 06:23 | Auteur: Yves Courtet

The death comes after US health officials have warned that coronavirus now appears to be spreading within the country from person to person independent of any foreign travel. Health officials in the state said a lack of testing may have led to cases not being identified, or identified as early as they might otherwise have been.

"We are very concerned about an outbreak in this setting, where there are many older people", Jeff Duchin, a Washington state health official, told a media call Saturday.

According to the Washington State Department of Health and Washington Gov. She first began exhibiting symptoms February 19 and was tested for the virus Friday. The FDA is taking steps to speed up laboratory tests for the virus after another case in Washington, one in OR, and two in California are reported that do not appear to be connected to travel to a country affected by the outbreak. "We're not undermining the risk, it's there", Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, said during a press briefing in Geneva on Friday.

Public Health - Seattle & King County, Washington State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are reporting three presumptive positive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), including one person who died.

The school district, health officials said, has notified students and staff that may have had close contact with the infected student.

The student was the second person in the state diagnosed with COVID-19 Friday.

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The Seattle Times reported the teen became ill Monday with fever, body aches and a headache and visited two clinics for treatment.

The announcement comes as officials face criticism over shortages of working test kits in several states with hundreds of suspected cases of the virus, most notably California.

Several Washington State health agencies confirmed Saturday afternoon that the country's first coronavirus death occurred and that multiple new cases of coronavirus have been detected in the region. Tests of the residents are ongoing.

The new cases bring the total number of confirmed cases within the United States to more than 60, though 44 of those cases originated aboard the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship and three other cases involve people who were brought back from Wuhan, China, where the global outbreak began.

In total, the U.S. has more than 60 confirmed coronavirus cases, most among people who were repatriated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

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