Wash. state sees 1st virus death in US, declares emergency

Saw this blaring red headline on Drudge. It looked scary because it was supposed to look scary. This death was tragic but not in itself a reason for widespread panic. Take common sense precautions and live your life. That’s what I plan on doing.

The governor of Washington declared a state of emergency Saturday after a man died there of COVID-19, the first such reported death in the United States. More than 50 people in a nursing facility are sick and being tested for the virus. Gov. Jay Inslee directed state agencies to use “all resources necessary” to prepare for and respond to the coronavirus outbreak. The declaration also allows the use of the Washington National Guard, if necessary. “We will continue to work toward a day where no one dies from this virus,” the governor vowed. Health officials in California, Oregon and Washington state are worried about the novel coronavirus spreading through West Coast communities because a growing number of people are being infected despite not having visited an area where there was an outbreak, nor apparently been in contact with anyone who had.

Wash. state sees 1st virus death in US, declares emergency

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