Coronavirus in the USA: first deaths, state of emergency, and more than 8000 patients in California
In the state of Washington, where the second death of the coronavirus COVID-19 was recorded in the United States, a state of emergency was declared. Writes about it "New Time".
The state of emergency was announced by Governor Jay Insley.
He instructed state agencies to use “all the necessary resources” to prepare and respond to the outbreak of coronavirus.
The state of emergency also allows the involvement of the Washington National Guard, if necessary.
“We will continue to work until the day when people stop dying from this virus,” the governor said.
In the state of Washington, now more than 50 people are in a hospital with suspected coronavirus infection. They are checked by doctors.
Health officials also reported two cases of infection with the COVID-19 virus. One of the patients is a 40-year-old woman who is in a satisfactory condition in the hospital, and the other is a woman over 70 years old. She is hospitalized in serious condition. None of them, as noted, traveled abroad.
Also, health officials said that the first victim of COVID-19 in Washington was a man aged 50 years old, he died on Friday, February 28. He has not had recent trips to the foci of the spread of coronavirus, or contact with infected people.
The second victim of coronavirus was a man over 70 years old, who was in a medical facility in the Seattle area, where there are dozens of sick people who were tested for the virus. He died on Saturday, February 29, writes "Voice of America".
In total, there are 12 confirmed cases of the disease in Washington State.
State and municipal authorities are stepping up virus testing, while the number of infected people is increasing across the country. New infections have been identified in California, Florida, Illinois, Rhode Island, New York and Washington.
In Seattle and the surrounding area, four new cases of infection, including a deceased patient, were detected by Sunday evening March 1. Two health workers in California also have a coronavirus. Among the new cases in the state of Washington - two women, one of whom is over 80 years old, the other over 90. Both are in critical condition. A man who is over 70 is also in critical condition. All three were in the LifeCare Medical Center in Kirkland, where there are 50 patients who are being tested for the virus.
The International Firefighters Association reported that 25 of its members who have responded to calls for help at LifeCare are quarantined.
The first case in the United States affected a resident of Washington, who had previously visited China, where the virus first appeared, but the last few cases in the United States had no connection with travel.
In California, coronavirus was detected in two physicians in the San Francisco Bay area who were caring for a patient who was already diagnosed. This is stated in a joint statement of the districts of Alameda and Solano.
Both doctors worked at the same hospital in Vacaville, California, and contacted a patient who was later transferred to the Sacramento Medical Center. This patient was the first resident of the United States to become infected with the coronavirus, although he did not go abroad.
After that, a state of emergency was declared in Alameda County.
The Oregon Health Authority reported on Sunday, March 1, a second case of positive virus tests in the state. This is an adult who has had household contact with the first Oregon resident with an identified medical condition. Authorities said he did not need medical attention.
In addition, a third case of coronavirus in Illinois and the first cases in Rhode Island and New York are reported. Messages worried Americans who rushed to stores to replenish supplies of bottled water, canned food, and toilet paper.
A hospitalized patient in Rhode Island is a man over 40 who traveled to Italy in February. New York authorities have confirmed that a woman who is over 35 years old was infected with the virus while traveling to Iran. Her condition is described as mild. She has respiratory symptoms and is in a controlled situation after arriving in New York, the governor’s office said.
As new cases began, Americans began to stock up on staple foods, especially in areas where the virus was recorded, and to pay attention to the impact of the virus on daily life. Stores such as Costco near Portland ran out of toilet paper, bottled water, and hand sanitizer.
Sports games and workouts in the area have been canceled for a week. Some churches said they would not offer the sacrament because of fears of the spread of the virus.
While Americans are preparing, scientists from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington said they have evidence that the virus may have circulated unnoticed in the state for up to six weeks.
If this hypothesis is confirmed, this may mean that there are hundreds of undiagnosed carriers of the virus in the state. The authors posted their research on the Internet, but it was not published in a scientific journal and was not peer-reviewed by other scientists.
Professor Trevor Bedford, who announced the preliminary results of the Washington State virus study, wrote on Twitter that the genetic similarity between the first case in the state on January 20 and the case announced on Friday indicates that the second case could have come from the first. The disease, revealed on January 20, was the first case of infection in the United States.
“I think we are faced with an already significant outbreak in the state of Washington, which has not been identified so far because of the narrow approach that involved a direct trip to China,” he wrote on Twitter.
Non-research scientists say the results are not surprising, and pointed out that for many people, especially younger and healthier ones, the symptoms of coronavirus are not much worse than the symptoms of flu or a bad cold.
“We believe that in a fairly large number of cases, the disease is accompanied by mild symptoms or is asymptomatic. Symptoms are rather nonspecific, and the testing criteria are quite strict. The combination of these factors means that the virus may have circulated for some time, but we did not know about it, ”says Justin Lelsler, professor of epidemiology at the Bloomberg School of Health at Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Adam Loring of the University of Michigan called the findings “high-quality work” by scientists who have done similar work for the flu virus over the years.
“They showed their data and showed their work,” Loring said. “This is not just a series of tweets, as scientists backed up their findings with the data that they posted on the Internet.” If something is wrong here, someone will find it. ”
Dr. Carlos del Rio from the School of Medicine at Emory University said the findings were made by respected researchers in the field of genome sequencing, and they are reasonable given the geographical proximity of the two cases.
“Now is the right time for us all to make efforts to stop the spread of the virus. Wash your hands. Do not touch your face. If you have a cold, stay home. It's time to remind ourselves of this, ”he said.
California Governor Gavin Newsome says over 8000 people in the state are being monitored for coronavirus. Writes about this Independent.
There were 33 confirmed cases of flu-like respiratory infections in the state. The governor confirmed that 8400 California residents undergo a medical examination for the new COVID-19 coronavirus in 49 local health facilities.
While more than 800 people entered the state as a result of evacuation from China, thousands of other passengers who may have coronavirus arrived in California as a result of regular trips.
State authorities also warned several school districts to prepare for possible outbreaks.
The governor said his administration is in “constant contact” with federal agencies to better respond to the presence of coronavirus.
“We do not react too sharply and do not react too weakly. At the same time, there is no better state in the US to solve this problem, ”Newsom said.
He said the staff has 200 test kits available and will get even more in the coming days. The current supply is “simply inadequate to pay tribute to the type of testing that is required,” he said.
Representatives of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cannot determine the source of infection for a resident of Solano County - the patient did not have an appropriate travel history or contact with any known infected person. Patient receives care in Sacramento County.
According to Dr. Sonya Angell, director of the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Health, healthcare providers are currently “on the spot” to find out if people have been exposed to the virus and help them isolate themselves from the public.
She said officials expected the virus to spread throughout the community, "so they are ready for anything."
“Now the situation is unstable, and I want to emphasize that the risk to the American public remains low,” she said. - In case the risk changes, we will warn you. We will make everyone know. ”
According to recent data, nearly 90 people worldwide became ill and 000 died from coronavirus.
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