Washington nursing home at center of US coronavirus outbreak reports 13 deaths

Life Care Center said it has pleaded unsuccessfully with authorities for more testing

A nursing home in Washington state that is at the center of the US coronavirus outbreak on Saturday reported an increased death total for people associated with their facility and revealed it has been pleading unsuccessfully with the authorities for more testing.

During the Life Care Center’s first official press conference since the outbreak began, Tim Killian, the public information liaison for the facility, said that since 19 February, 13 people associated with the center have been diagnosed with coronavirus and died.

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Coronavirus: US deaths rise to 17 as New York declares state of emergency

  • Florida officials announce two deaths, the first on the east coast
  • US has 377 confirmed cases of coronavirus

The death toll from coronavirus in the United States has risen to 17 people, as authorities announced two deaths in Florida – the first US deaths outside the west coast – and the governor of New York declared a state of emergency.

Across the country, there were 377 confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local governments, CNN reported on Saturday morning, a number that included cases of the virus among cruise ship passengers.

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Plans to turn Washington state motel into quarantine site spark backlash

EconoLodge in Kent to offer beds for patients who do not need hospital treatment – but city leaders fear plan is ‘ill advised’

A two-story motel in a city south-east of Seattle has quickly become controversial amid Washington state’s coronavirus outbreak, as officials rush to convert it to a quarantine site, while others push back, calling the plan ill-conceived and dangerous.

Officials in King county, which includes Seattle and Kent, have been gearing up to begin housing patients in need of isolation and a place to recover, but not active treatment in a hospital, in this 85-bed Econo Lodge in Kent, about 20 miles south-east of Seattle.

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US coronavirus death toll rises to 14 as University of Washington cancels classes

  • University to conduct courses and exams remotely
  • Number of infections swells to over 200 across 18 states

The University of Washington, which has about 50,000 students, said on Friday that it will cancel in-person classes and conduct courses and exams remotely while the Seattle area deals with an ongoing coronavirus epidemic that has put the region at the center of the outbreak in the US.

In an email to staff the university’s president, Ana Mari Cauce, said campuses would remain open for other services, such as medical services, dining, residence halls, and recreation and athletics events.

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