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Six days after a 54-year-old man died, officials confirmed that he tested positive for the new coronavirus and hospital staff may have been exposed to the virus. Nine of the dead were from the same suburban Seattle nursing home, now under federal investigation.
As of Monday, there have been more than 89,000 cases of the virus globally, the majority in China, according to a Reuters tally.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the confirmation of the case was made by the city's public health laboratory on its first day of testing. Inslee said the visit was to encourage people to keep patronizing businesses during the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak.
Meanwhile, King County in Washington state, which as of Wednesday had 31 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths, recommended employers allow people to work from home and advised those above the age of 60 and with underlying health conditions to avoid public gatherings in an effort to contain the outbreak.
Inslee said L&I is working to ensure compensation for health care workers and first responders who can't work that will include will include coverage for medical testing, treatment expenses, and time-loss payments. Schools closed. Governors declared states of emergency.
The first California death from the virus was also announced on Wednesday. Numerous cases there involve patients who are residents of the Life Care Center in Kirkland, where there is now an outbreak.
South Korea, the worst-affected country after China, reported 28 deaths on Tuesday and over 900 new cases.
Investigators from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be inspecting the facility to figure out what happened and determine whether the nursing home followed guidelines for preventing infections. After faulty tests were distributed last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was working with private organizations to get local health authorities across the US the capacity to test more than 1 million additional people by the weekend, to help assess the spread of the disease. An unannounced follow-up inspection in June determined that Life Care had corrected the problems, Verma said.
Washington state has now reported 39 COVID-19 cases, all in the greater Seattle area.
'Right now, we are deferring to the judgment ... of these organizations'.
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Individual centers should remain in close contact with local health officials about appropriate actions, Gifford said. Now the trick is to go find them, ' said Robert Redfield of the CDC. She said one person was hospitalized and five others were in self-quarantine at home.
At least 70 cases of coronavirus infection have been confirmed or presumed positive in the USA, and officials with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Americans should expect to hear more reports of illness in the coming days and weeks.
The state's Department of Health did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News.
No fatal cases have been reported in Canada, although B.C. on Wednesday announced its latest case, a woman in her 80s with pre-existing conditions, is in critical condition in hospital.
"Yesterday at least three kids were coughing", Unni said. "The risk for all of us of becoming infected will be increasing". Due to this particular case, some employees of the King County facility will be both monitored and screened by a health team daily.
More Seattle-area companies are also telling employees to work from home.
The ship was returning to San Francisco after visiting Hawaii.
Microsoft is also asking people to cancel travel to its Puget Sound and Bay Area campuses unless it is "essential for the continuity of Microsoft".
In New York, a man in his 50s who lives in a New York City suburb and works at a Manhattan law firm tested positive for the virus, bringing the number of confirmed cases in that state to two, New York officials said. Online petitions urged officials to close other schools on Seattle's east side.
"You don't really need to be tested, we don't have medications, and medical management will be the same", Lofy said in a press conference on Thursday.
Symptoms may occur two days to two weeks after exposure.