Governor of Washington declares state of emergency after American's first death from COVID-19
According to the latest information, a man died of a deadly coronavirus in Washington on Saturday. The CDC confirmed the information and also reported that at the moment 52 people, including patients and medical staff, are showing symptoms of COVID-19 in the same hospital.
The Life Care Center of Kirkland has announced that everyone infected with the deadly Chinese virus has been quarantined from society.
According to the CDC, a 50-year-old resident of Washington was not infected as a result of any foreign trips. Conversely, health officials believe that a recent outbreak on the west coast of the United States caused a man to die.
As of Saturday, 69 Americans are infected with coronavirus. The first death of a US citizen was recorded on February 6 in Wuhan.
Immediately after information about the death of an American in the United States became publicly available, Donald Trump announced new travel restrictions for Americans, in order to contain COVID-19. The US president also held an emergency meeting with leading US pharmaceutical companies to find a cure.
The Governor of Washington, Jay Inslee has also been declared a state of emergency in order to contain the threat.
“This will allow us to get the resources we need,” Inslee said, according to NBC News. “This is a time to take common sense, proactive measures to ensure the health and safety of those who live in Washington state."
The CDC and the hospital in which the 50-year-old man died do not currently know the exact epicenter of the spread of the disease, but they believe that the deceased was infected in the hospital. CDC also introduces new ways to detect the disease.