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1st person in U.S. dies from COVID-19, President says more cases likely

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UPDATED: FEBRUARY 29, 2020 7:50 p.m.

(WSIL) -- Washington governor Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency after a man died of COVID-19. Health officials have confirmed the man had underlying health conditions.

According to the Associated Press, more than 50 people in a nursing facility are sick and being tested for the virus.

A woman in her 40s who works at the facility and a resident in her 70s have tested positive for the virus.

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(WSIL) -- Officials in Washington state say a man has died of COVID-19. Health officials say it was medically high-risk patient in his late 50s.

The virus is a member of the coronavirus family and is a close cousin to the SARS and MERS viruses that have caused outbreaks in the past.

Older people, especially those with chronic illnesses such as heart or lung disease, are especially vulnerable.

President Donald Trump said Saturday 22 people in the United States have tested positive for COVID-19. He also says more cases are likely.

The White House has banned travel from Iran due to virus concerns, and President Trump urged Americans not to travel to certain parts of Italy or South Korea.

President Trump put Vice-President Mike Pence in charge of the response to COVID-19 earlier this week. He says the overall infection risk to Americans is low.

Editor Note: Initially there were conflicting reports about the gender of the person who died in Washington state. Officials not confirm it was a man.

Jeff Weinrich

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