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Washington announces 4 more coronavirus deaths — bringing death toll to 6 — as disease surges in US

This virus is nasty business

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Washington state has announced four new coronavirus-related deaths on Monday, bringing the United States' death total to six at the time of this writing.

All six deaths from coronavirus in the U.S. have occurred in Washington state.

The global total of coronavirus-related deaths has surpassed 3,000.

What are the details?

The Washington Post on Monday reported that the coronavirus — or COVID-19 — has killed four more people at EvergreenHealth in Kirkland, Washington. There are at least 18 confirmed cases in Washington state.

On Monday, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced an emergency declaration in response to the illnesses.

The outlet reported that Constantine's declaration "gives him expanded powers to authorize overtime work for county employees and take other extraordinary measures," including "buying out a motel where patients with mild symptoms who do not need emergency medical care can recover."

Workers, according to Constantine, will also be erecting modular buildings in several locations around the county in order to facilitate emergency services.

"We continue to plan for all contingencies," he added.

Kathy Lofy, who is a state health officer, added that officials have not yet detected cases outside of King or Snohomish counties, but "given movement of people around the state, it is possible the virus is spreading in other counties, too."

At least 90 cases confirmed in U.S.

As of Monday, there were at least 90 confirmed cases of coronavirus within the U.S, according to CNN.

CNN reported that U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams advises the U.S. public to avoid panicking.

"I want folks to understand that we knew this was coming, we told folks that this was going to happen and it is why we've been preaching preparedness from the very start," Adams said. "Caution is appropriate. Preparedness is appropriate. Panic is not."

The outlet reported that the disease is active in at least 10 states, including Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, and Wisconsin.

On Monday, U.S. officials announced that the disease officially made it to the country's east coast, and has sickened at least one person in Rhode Island.

The Rhode Island Department of Health added that it is monitoring 40 people who have had contact with the unnamed male patient who recently traveled to Italy.

What else?

On Monday, South Korea announced 599 new cases to raise the total to at least 4,335 confirmed illnesses thus far. Italy has reportedly confirmed more than 1,600 cases. Iran's official has surpassed 1,500 at the time of this writing, according to the Post.

In China, where the disease originated, there have been at least 2,912 deaths and over 80,000 confirmed cases of the virus.

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