First American living in the U.S. dies from the coronavirus
Updated: Mar 9, 2020
A man in his 50s has died from the coronavirus in Seattle, the second American to die from the virus and the first to die while residing in the United States.
According to Washington state health officials, the man had underlying health conditions and he had no known contact with an infected person or a person who had traveled to an infected area. Including this case, there have now been five cases of unknown origin in the United States, with the first case being identified earlier in the week in California.
Health officials also announced two new cases of people who work at a nursing facility near Seattle, and that more than 50 patients and staff in the facility have begun to show symptoms of the virus, possibly a sign of an outbreak.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency in response to the spread of the coronavirus. "This will get us the resources we need," Inslee said.
The Trump administration is expanding the existing travel restrictions on Iran to include foreign nationals who had visited Iran within the past 14 days, according to Vice President Mike Pence, whom Trump has charged with leading the government's coronavirus response.
"I want to assure that family they are on the hearts of every American," Vice President Pence said in a press briefing Saturday.
The administration will also increase travel advisories for Italy and South Korea to their highest level, strongly advising Americans not to travel to certain regions in those countries.
There have now been over 86,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection, and nearly 3,000 people have died from the virus.