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2 Nursing home patients and high school student testing positive for the COVID-19 Coronavirus

- Kirkland, WA

Washington state health officials are investigating possible outbreak of the coronavirus at a long-term nursing facility in Kirkland where two people tested positive for the disease.

Six people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the state, including a man whose death was reported Saturday, making him the first coronavirus fatality in the states. The other case comes from a high school boy, and a woman who traveled to South Korea along with an unidentified man. The cases associated with the Life Care Center, a nursing facility in Kirkland, includes a 40-year-old female health care worker who has no known travel outside the U.S. Officials have stated that she is in satisfactory condition at a local hospital. The second case is a woman in her 70s, she has been hospitalized and is in serious condition.

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More than 50 residents and staff from the Life Care Center in Kirkland are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, and will be tested for the coronavirus, said Dr. Jeffrey Duchin, health officer for Seattle and King County.