Washington state reports 18 deaths from coronavirus

An ambulance worker wears protective equipment as she wheels a stretcher into a nursing facility, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Kirkland, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

SEATTLE (AP) —2020年欧预赛赛程 Two more residents at a nursing home at the center of the outbreak of the new coronavirus in northwestern Washington have died, officials said Sunday.

Health officials for Seattle and King County in a news release said a woman in her 80s and a man in his 90s died in the last several days. They were both residents of the Life Care Center of Kirkland. They both died in area hospitals.

2020年欧预赛赛程Officials said the number of reported deaths in King County is now 17, while the number statewide is 18 statewide. Of the 17 deaths, 16 are associated with Life Care Center.

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King County is reporting 12 new confirmed cases bringing the total to 83. That would bring the overall number of cases in the state to 114.

Officials say the at-risk population appears to be older adults and those with preexisting medical conditions such as heart, lung or kidney disease.

2020年欧预赛赛程A team of 30 medical professionals from the U.S. Public Health Service began arriving at Life Care over the weekend to relieve exhausted — and ill — staff.

In its statement Saturday, Life Care said 70 of its 180 employees have shown COVID-19 symptoms and are no longer working. The facility said that it has 63 residents remaining — down from 120 before the outbreak — and that six of them have symptoms.

2020年欧预赛赛程People in senior housing are considered especially susceptible because the disease caused by the new coronavirus is especially dangerous to the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.


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