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5 coronavirus patients to be transferred to Spokane hospital

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Posted at 9:28 AM, Feb 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-20 11:28:52-05

Five patients who have tested positive for coronavirus are being transferred to a Spokane hospital.

KREM-TV reports that according to a press release, Providence Sacred Heart was chosen "because of its secured airborne infection isolation rooms."

Sacred Heart is one of 10 hospitals with this as a specialized unit across the country.

The release said normal hospital operations will remain unaffected.

Spokane Country Health Officer Dr. Bob Lutz said healthcare workers have trained for this scenario.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists 479 people under investigation for coronavirus.

All of these people either are or will be tested.

There have been 15 positive tests for coronavirus in the United States, according to the CDC.