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First death in U.S. from Coronavirus

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Posted at 11:31 AM, Feb 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-29 13:31:10-05

A patient infected with the novel coronavirus in King County, Washington state, has died, a Washington Department of Health spokesperson said Saturday.It's the first confirmed death from the coronavirus in the United States.Further details were not immediately available. Health officials have scheduled a press conference for 1 p.m. local time (4 p.m. ET).
There are now at least four US coronavirus cases without any related travel history, health officials say.A woman in Oregon and a high school boy in Washington state are presumptive positives, which means their tests were conducted at local labs but the results have not yet been confirmed by the CDC.The other two mystery cases are from California.An older woman in Santa Clara County who had been hospitalized for a respiratory illness tested positive for the virus but had no relevant travel history or contact with anyone infected, health officials said."This new case indicates that there is evidence of community transmission, but the extent is still not clear," said Dr. Sara Cody, director of the county's public health department.The other California case is a Solano County woman who is hospitalized at UC Davis Medical Center and in serious condition.The two counties are about 90 miles apart. The Santa Clara patient had not traveled to Solano County, officials said.