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In the United States, because Coronavirus The Washington Department of Health confirmed Saturday. "The first U.S. death due to COVID-19 occurred in Washington State." The department said in a tweet, Refers to respiratory diseases caused by coronavirus.

The first patient died at a hospital in Kirkland, Washington, near Seattle. State health officials said at a briefing on Saturday afternoon that the man was in his fifties and was in potential health.

A second death was confirmed at the same hospital on Sunday evening when a man in his 70s was also suffering from a potential health condition. The agency announced three additional confirmed cases.

Washington State Governor Jay Insley said on Saturday that the state is working to maintain the safety of its citizens, and he Declare a state of emergency.

"Working with the Washington State Department of Health, the Washington State Department of Emergency Management, and local and community health partners, we Strengthen our preparation and response"I am committed to Washingtonians healthy, safe, and informed," Inslee said in a statement. Officials said Saturday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will send a team to Washington State to assist in investigating the area's viruses.

Coronavirus was found in China in December and has spread worldwide so far Killed more than 2,900 people and infected about 86,000There were about 70 cases in the United States as of Saturday. Washington State is also home to the first case in the United States, a traveler returning from China. The man has since recovered and was released, The New York Times Noticed.

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State health officials say no evidence on Saturday First patient to die in Washington Recently traveled or had contact with a known person. Also on friday Cases of unexplained coronavirus infection The Times reports that the virus has appeared in Northern California and Oregon, and experts say they may indicate the spread of the virus in the United States.

At a White House press conference on Saturday, President Donald Trump incorrectly identified the death in Washington State as a woman, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a statement saying Wrongly described the patient's gender In a briefing with Trump.

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Kirkland, Washington, was also the place of death on Saturday, and is also next to Redmond, where Microsoft Headquarters. It's unclear how the news will affect the company. A spokesperson said Microsoft is watching the situation closely.

The spokesperson said in a statement: "Employee health and safety is a top priority for Microsoft." "We are providing real-time guidance to employees in all affected areas. We will continue to monitor the situation and take the necessary steps to protect employees. "

to date, Coronavirus affects tech companies In various ways. Major technology fairs, such as Mobile World Congress, Geneva Motor Show with Facebook F8 Cancelled, travel plans disrupted, Threat to parts supplywith Microsoft with apple Financial warnings related to the outbreak have been issued.

On Friday, Google said an employee at its Zurich office Coronavirus, But the office itself remains open. Apple has temporarily closed its corporate offices and contact centers in China.

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At a news conference on Saturday, Washington state health officials emphasized that 80% of coronavirus cases are mild and that the most at risk are those with a potential health condition of at least 60 years old. But because some conditions can be serious, officials encourage people to wash their hands frequently. Avoid touching their eyes, ears, nose, and face; do not work or go to school if you are sick; plan to take care of any family members who may be sick; and reduce social connections.

They also point out CDC's Coronavirus Prevention Page. ( The World Health Organization has a COVID-19 prevention page Officials added that companies should start thinking about ways to reduce contact between employees if necessary, and mentioned options such as telecommuting and video conferencing.

It was originally released at 11:04 AM on February 29, PT, and the details were updated as the information appeared.

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