Six people have died in the state of Washington as the United States tackles more than a 100 cases of the disease brought by the novel coronavirus.
Four people who died lived at the Life Care Center nursing care facility in Kirkland, in suburban Seattle, said King County health officier Jeffrey Duchin on Monday. Four other coronavirus cases are connected to the Life Care Center.
“Current residents and associates continue to be monitored closely, specifically for an elevated temperature, cough and/or shortness of breath,” officials said in a statement on the Life Care website.
“Any resident displaying these symptoms is placed in isolation. Associates are screened prior to beginning work and upon leaving.”
Every death from the coronavirus so far has emerged from the Washington State in the United States.
The recent rise of global cases has prompted travel restrictions, school closures and declarations of emergency.
US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said, “I want folks to understand that we knew this was coming, we told folks that this was going to happen and it is why we’ve been preaching preparedness from the very start,” Adams said Monday.
He added, “Caution is appropriate. Preparedness is appropriate. Panic is not.”
At least 12 states have reported cases of coronavirus: Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island, New York, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin.