Health officials in Washington State announced the first coronavirus-related death in the United States on Saturday morning.
The Washington Department of Health confirmed on Saturday morning that a patient died from the Covid-19 coronavirus, KIRO 7 reported. This marks the first time a coronavirus patient has died from the viral infection.
President Donald Trump said the patient who died was a medically high-risk patient in his mid-50s. He said more cases are expected but if you are healthy, you will “go through a process and you will be fine.”
The president assured Americans that “whatever the circumstances, we are prepared.”
The death comes the morning after Washington officials announced two new coronavirus cases in King County.
On Friday night, Washington health officials announced a King County woman and a Snohomish County teenager contracted Covid-19, the Seattle Times reported. While the woman had recently returned from a trip to South Korea, the teenager, a high school student, had not traveled to any coronavirus-affected countries, nor had he had close contact with any known infected patient, officials stated.
“It’s concerning that this individual did not travel, since this individual acquired it in the community,” Washington state health officer Dr. Kathy Lofy told reporters during a news conference on Friday. “We really believe now that the risk is increasing.”
Officials said the two cases are “presumptive positive” as they are awaiting officials test results from the CDC.
The teenager attends Henry M. Jackson High School in Snohomish County. He became ill on Monday with a fever, body aches, and a headache, officials reported. He subsequently visited two local clinics for treatment and evaluation.
He reportedly returned to school on Friday morning as he was feeling better. However, when positive test results were confirmed, he went home before attending any classes. Officials report that a handful of students who had contact with the student are being isolated for 14 days in their homes.
The high school will be closed on Monday in order for a thorough disinfecting.
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Editor’s Note: The deceased patient was originally reported to be a woman. Officials in Washington state later clarified the decedent was a man. This article has been updated to reflect the new information.