It’s the virus that everyone is freaking out about and it’s taken a life in the U.S.
Health officials in Washington state announced on Saturday that someone has died from the coronavirus that has made its way to the United States.
“It is a sad day in our state as we learn that a Washingtonian has died from COVID-19. Our hearts go out to his family and friends. We will continue to work toward a day where no one dies from this virus,” Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said in a statement.
The victim was a man in his 50s who had underlying conditions. Apparently, there is no evidence of link of travel for how he may have contracted coronavirus. How it was contracted is still under investigation.
As of early Saturday, the United States had 66 cases of coronavirus, including nine people who have recovered and four “presumptive” cases, which are those that test positive locally with confirmation from the CDC pending according to NBC News.
NBC News also reports that Washington state along with Oregon and California all reported new cases on Friday. Among the new confirmed or presumptive cases, there were three contracted from an unknown source, bringing the total number of what could be “community spread” cases in the United States to four.
Community spread is when you become infected but the source is unknown.
President Donald Trump held a press conference Saturday saying that there is “no reason to panic” and how you shouldn’t change your daily routine. He said he plans to meet with pharmaceutical companies on Monday to talk about a vaccine for coronavirus and how it is already a work in progress.
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