Health officials in Washington state announced four additional deaths from the coronavirus on Monday, raising the U.S. death toll to six. A man in his 70s, a woman in her 70s and a woman in her 80s died in King County on Sunday from the virus, which causes a disease called COVID-19. The sixth death was reported in Snohomish County. Information about the patient has not been released.
Dr. Kathy Lofy, Washington’s state health officer, told reporters at a press conference Monday, “Unfortunately, we are starting to find more COVID-19 cases here in Washington that appear to be acquired locally here in Washington. We now know that the virus is actively spreading in some communities.” Washington Gov. Jay Inslee issued a statewide emergency proclamation over the weekend, saying in a statement: “This means our state can respond quickly and effectively. Our priority now is to slow the spread of this virus. Our health care professionals say the easiest way to do that is to practice good hygiene – wash your hands often, sanitize frequently touched surfaces and stay home when you’re sick. Preventing future cases will require the work of all of us.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. has at least 91 cases of the virus. The global death toll from the coronavirus exceeds 3,000.
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