The Washington State Department of Health announced on Saturday that the coronavirus had claimed its first life in the US. The victim was a patient at the EvergreenHealth Medical Center in King County when she was diagnosed with COVID-19. Hospital officials claim the female victim was its second patient to test positive for the virus.
KOMO, a Seattle, Washington-based media outlet, broke the news on Saturday. Following the announcement, Governor Jay Inslee released a statement confirming the death. In the statement, Inslee reached out to the victim’s family and friends.
EvergreenHealth’s second coronavirus patient is currently being treated in isolation, according to the report. Hospital officials reached out to the public, asking anyone who may have had contact with the deceased to get screened and tested.
Three coronavirus cases have been reported so far in Washington State. The first case was reported in Snohomish County in January. The other cases involve a middle-aged female who tested positive following a trip to South Korea and a high school student also in Snohomish County.
To date, approximately 86,000 coronavirus cases and 2,800 deaths have been reported in China alone. An article released in Yahoo Finance earlier this month estimated the ‘coronavirus fatality rate’ “one out of every 200 to 500 infected people”.