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Sat Feb 29, 2020, 05:35 PM

CDC on the Washington State deaths

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after news of a coronavirus death in Washington state that is the first from the disease in the US, CDC officials are holding a press conference at 12. stay tuned.

CDC director Nancy CDC Director Nancy Messonnier said the three coronavirus cases in Washington include the first reported death, as well as the first case in a health care worker and the first case in a skilled nursing facility.
Some of the Washington cases are related to a long-term care facility called Life Care in Kirkland in King County. One is a woman in her 70s who is a resident there who is in serious condition.
Another is a healthcare worker in her 40s who is doing well.

Washington officials say they expect to see more cases related to the long-term care facility.
King County public health officer Jeff Duchin says they are very concerned about outbreaks in long-term health facilities, because of the large numbers of older patients who are particularly at risk for serious consequences from COVID-19.

"While the overall risks to Americans are low we recognize that these populations of people who are medically fragile would be at higher risk if there is tranmsisison in their communities," said CDC Director Nancy Messonnier.

The patient in Washington who died was not connected to the long-term care facility and officials don't know how the patient became ill. The investigation is ongoing, said Washington officials.

Wow: The long-term care facility in Kirkland linked to COVID-19 has 108 residents and 180 staff members. So far, 27 residents have symptoms as do 25 staff members, according to Washington officials.

The man who died of COVID-19 in Washington was in his 50s and had underlying health conditions.

"If we had the ability to test earlier I'm sure we would’ve been able to identify patients earlier, particularly at hospitals," said Jeff Duchin, King County health officer.

CDC declines to provide updates about California cases in Solano and Santa Clara counties.

"Right now we still judge the general risk to the American public to be low and that includes residents to long-term care facilities," said CDC Director Nancy Messonnier.

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Sat Feb 29, 2020, 05:38 PM

1. This tweet got my attention

: The long-term care facility in Kirkland linked to COVID-19 has 108 residents and 180 staff members. So far, 27 residents have symptoms as do 25 staff members, according to Washington officials.

The 25 staff members, they have families, they went to the grocery store after work, picked up dry cleaning, choir practice, and all the usual things people do.

Contract tracing is going to be a bitch

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Response to irisblue (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 29, 2020, 05:42 PM

3. With each person identifying as infected...

an exponential number of possible infections arises.

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Sat Feb 29, 2020, 05:40 PM

2. It's pretty bad at Life Care, per this article

https://www.statnews.com/2020/02/29/new-covid-19-death-raises-concerns-about-virus-spread-in-nursing-homes/

First Covid-19 outbreak in a U.S. nursing home raises concerns

By ERIC BOODMAN @ericboodman and HELEN BRANSWELL @HelenBranswell

FEBRUARY 29, 2020

Washington state reported on Saturday the first death in the U.S. from the new coronavirus, the first health care worker to be infected with the disease, and most worrying, the first known outbreak in a long-term care facility.

At a nursing facility in Kirkland, Wash, approximately 27 of the 108 residents and 25 of the 180 staff have some symptoms, health officials said during a teleconference with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Authorities report that some among them have pneumonia.

“We are very concerned about an outbreak in a setting where there are many older people, as we would be wherever people who are susceptible might be gathering,” said Jeff Duchin, health officer for public health for Seattle and King County. He added that older adults and people with underlying health conditions like diabetes, heart or lung disease should be especially careful to protect themselves by washing their hands, not touching their faces, and avoiding contact with people who are sick.

The deceased, a man in his 50s with underlying health conditions, was not a resident of the facility, and officials have not yet found a link between his case and the outbreak in the nursing facility.

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Sat Feb 29, 2020, 06:03 PM

4. I do not understand why testing is not done earlier ..........


I have read that the US has few kits. but I also read that state labs have the ability or can have the ability to do the testing.
This makes no sense that CDC has control over the testing


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The patient in Washington who died was not connected to the long-term care facility and officials don't know how the patient became ill. The investigation is ongoing, said Washington officials.
Wow: The long-term care facility in Kirkland linked to COVID-19 has 108 residents and 180 staff members. So far, 27 residents have symptoms as do 25 staff members, according to Washington officials.

The man who died of COVID-19 in Washington was in his 50s and had underlying health conditions.

"If we had the ability to test earlier I'm sure we would’ve been able to identify patients earlier, particularly at hospitals," said Jeff Duchin, King County health officer.

CDC declines to provide updates about California cases in Solano and Santa Clara counties.
"Right now we still judge the general risk to the American public to be low and that includes residents to long-term care facilities," said CDC Director Nancy Messonnier.

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Response to riversedge (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 29, 2020, 06:04 PM

5. joy talking about this now.

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Response to riversedge (Reply #5)

Sat Feb 29, 2020, 06:05 PM

6. Kathleen Sabilis talking.

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Response to riversedge (Reply #6)

Sat Feb 29, 2020, 06:07 PM

7. Kathleen said Pence and Trump need to stop talking about the virus and let CDC do the talking.

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Sat Feb 29, 2020, 06:10 PM

8. Again, she said Let the scientists do the talking (trump and Pence should not be talking).

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Response to irisblue (Original post)

Sat Feb 29, 2020, 06:12 PM

9. How this sort of situation could spiral out of control....

Americans don't like to be told they cannot do anything. Telling people they can't be with their elderly parents or grandparents, or even worse......their children when school groups much be isolated will be quite a task.

If parents must stay with exposed children or other kinfolk, they can't go anywhere until the entire exposed family is cleared for around two weeks.

Who will have the authority to force Americans to follow the rules?

KY............. ........

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