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First American has died from coronavirus, health officials confirm

More than five dozen Americans had the diease as of Saturday

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Washington state health officials announced Saturday that a Seattle-area person who had coronavirus has died.

According to KOMO-TV, officials did not release details about the person who died, such as the age or identity, but said they would hold a press conference later in the day.

"It is a sad day in our state as we learn that a Washingtonian has died from COVID-19. Our hearts go out to his family and friends. We will continue to work toward a day where no one dies from this virus," Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) said.

In addition to announcing the death. health officials revealed there are even more confirmed cases of coronavirus in King County, although they did not immediately say how many, KIRO-TV reported.

At a press conference Saturday afternoon, President Donald Trump said the person who died was a female in her 50s. Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence announced new travel restrictions to areas of the world, such as South Korea and Iran, that have been particularly hard hit by the disease.

More from NBC News:

Washington state along with Oregon and California all reported new cases on Friday. Among the new confirmed or presumptive cases, were three contracted from an unknown source, bringing the total number of what could be "community spread" cases in the United States to four.

The patients from these four cases have no known travel history or exposure to someone who had traveled or been infected. Not all four have been confirmed by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention testing, but they tested positive locally.

As of Saturday morning, there were just 66 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the U.S.

This story has been updated.

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