Update: Monday, March 2, 2020 - Washington state health authorities now say six people have died from coronavirus.
At a news conference Monday Dr. Jeff Duchin from Public Health – Seattle & King County – said five of the deaths were people from King County and one was a person from Snohomish County, north of Seattle.
Researchers said earlier that the virus may have been circulating for weeks undetected in Washington state.
SEATTLE (AP) - Health officials in Washington state said Monday that three more people had died from the coronavirus, bringing the total to five in the state and United States.
Dr. Jeff Duchin from Public Health – Seattle & King County announced the new deaths at a news conference.
Researchers said earlier the virus may have been circulating for weeks undetected in Washington state.
The death toll from the coronavirus in the U.S. has climbed to six, and the disease has spread to ever more countries and world capitals, even as new cases in China have dropped to their lowest level in six weeks.
A shift in the crisis appeared to be underway: Hundreds patients have been released from hospitals in China, and the World Health Organization says nine times more cases have reported outside China than inside it over the past 24 hours.