MARCH 2, 2020 — Four more deaths in Washington state. Four more people have died in a coronavirus outbreak in Washington state, bringing the total fatalities there to six. These are the first deaths due to Covid-19 on US soil. Washington declared a state of emergency over the weekend. Five of the deaths occurred in King County, whose main city is Seattle. There are now 18 confirmed cases in the region, and there are growing fears it may spread further. More. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/embed?listType=playlist&list=PLx43nW8g5c-h_38cddvCH5x1IfJwH1mtb&v=vLSWKbjMVkc&layout=gallery[/embedyt] Mar 1, 2020 CHICAGO — Alex Azar the Health and Human Services Secretary said Sunday that a new case of the coronavirus appeared in Chicago overnight, marking the latest spread of the outbreak in the United States. The person, who has not been identified, remains hospitalized in isolation, health officials said. Additional details about the patient, including their condition, weren’t immediately available. However, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle tweeted Saturday night that the case was confirmed in suburban Cook County. Public health officials said they’re working to identify and actively monitor individuals who were in contact with the patient in an effort to reduce the risk of additional transmission. The state of Illinois also plans to ask the CDC to deploy a team for assistance. In January, two Chicago residents, a husband and wife, were diagnosed with the coronavirus. The wife had recently traveled to Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the outbreak, to care for a relative. There are now three cases of the coronavirus in Illinois, with the Chicago Tribune reporting Saturday night that the latest case “resulted in presumptive positives for COVID-19.”
At a news conference Friday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said as a precautionary measure, the state will expand to two additional testing labs in central and southern Illinois in the coming week.
The Illinois Department of Public Health launched a statewide hotline for the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, “to answer any questions from the public or to report a suspected case,” Pritzker said. That number is 1 (800) 889-3931. On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concernexternal icon” (PHEIC). On January 31, 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19.