They said they are helping those centers test and optimize care for residents and prevent further transmission of the virus. Tests results are pending on other residents.
Twenty-six of 120 patients living at the center as of February 19 have since died - with 13 of the 15 autopsies already conducted confirming coronavirus as the cause, Life Care officials said Monday. Of those, two people have died.
In the meantime, a federal strike team of nurses and doctors is helping care for the 53 patients whom remain in the center. Authorities say 19 of the deaths in Washington are associated with the Life Care Center of Kirkland, Washington. "Once symptoms hit a level of acute, when we feel we will no longer treat them, we will send them to hospitals".
The nursing home held its first media briefing Saturday, announcing that since February 19, 26 residents have died.
Inslee said the state is implementing a list of new rules for these long-term care centers. The facility also monitors dozens of its workers who have been infected, while 55 residents are scheduled.
Killian said the institute has yet to receive materials to inspect the workers.
If there are, indeed, about 1,000 current cases of COVID-19 in Washington, Inslee said, then based on his conversations with local and global experts in epidemiology, the number of coronavirus cases in this state could balloon to 64,000 by May-assuming a model in which the number of infections doubles roughly every week.
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Inslee said 80 percent of people who contract COVID-19, the illness caused by novel coronavirus, will show only mild symptoms. "The test is only recommended for people who have been diagnosed with the disease".
One-third of their workers members examined sick with the coronavirus this week.
Health officials said that one of the 19 deaths was not a resident but a visitor to the facility. However 11 died on the nursing dwelling, and Life Care mentioned it had no details about autopsy assessments to see whether or not any of them had the illness.
The King County Medical Examiner's Office did not report the cause of death.
One of the new cases in the Seattle area was a first responder in Kirkland. Three firefighters who responded there have been quarantined but haven't shown any symptoms, Issaquah Mayor Mary Lou Pauly said.
In the meantime, the virus has spread to other care facilities.
Two people in Florida who tested positive for the coronavirus died, becoming the first known fatalities outsides on the East Coast, health officials reported Friday.