Coronavirus Live Updates: Second Death From Virus Is Reported in the U.S.

The second death was a man in his 70s in the Seattle area who had underlying health conditions.

RIGHT NOW– New York State reports its first case of coronavirus, and Florida declares a state of emergency.

Here’s what you need to know:

EvergreenHealth Medical Center in Kirkland, Wash., on Saturday.Credit…Grant Hindsley for The New York Times

A second person has died of the novel coronavirus in the Seattle area and more confirmed cases of the illness have emerged in Washington State, officials said Sunday evening. Public health leaders in King County, Wash., said a man in his 70s with underlying health conditions died on Saturday at EvergreenHealth hospital in Kirkland. That’s the same facility where officials identified the nation’s first coronavirus death on Saturday — a man in his 50s with underlying health conditions.

Officials also announced three other confirmed coronavirus cases in the county, all at EvergreenHealth. They include a woman in her 80s, a woman in her 90s and a man in his 70s. All were in critical condition with underlying health issues. All four new cases were residents of a nursing facility in Kirkland where two other people — a resident and a worker — had previously tested positive.

Also on Sunday, the county had previously reported two other patients, unrelated to the nursing facility, who were in critical condition at hospitals in Renton and Seattle.

As of Sunday night, 88 cases of coronavirus had been identified in the United States.

The first of those cases was announced on Jan. 21, but this weekend saw a marked uptick in the pace of diagnoses. Twenty-three U.S. cases were announced on Saturday and Sunday, including the country’s first two deaths, both in Washington State.

The cases identified over the weekend were in Washington, California, Illinois, Rhode Island, New York, Florida and Oregon, and included a mix of people who had traveled to high-risk countries and those who were believed to have contracted the disease domestically.

A Manhattan woman is New York State’s first confirmed case.

“There is no reason for undue anxiety — the general risk remains low in New York,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, seen above last year, said in a statement on Sunday.Credit…Seth Wenig/Associated Press

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday confirmed New York State’s first case of the coronavirus, saying that a woman contracted the virus while traveling in Iran and is now in New York isolated in her home.

“The patient has respiratory symptoms, but is not in serious condition and has been in a controlled situation since arriving to New York,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement, offering no details on the woman’s whereabouts.

A New York state official said that the positive case was in Manhattan. The case is the 32nd tested from New York. All of the previous cases had tested negative.

No cases are currently outstanding. New York’s state lab was granted the ability to test for the novel coronavirus on Saturday after an appeal from Governor Cuomo.

“There is no reason for undue anxiety — the general risk remains low in New York,” the governor’s statement said. “We are diligently managing this situation and will continue to provide information as it becomes available.”

Two cases of the virus were identified in Florida late Sunday night, prompting the state to declare a public health emergency.

In an executive order, Gov. Ron DeSantis said two “presumptive positive” cases were found in state’s Gulf Coast: one in Manatee County, home to Bradenton, and the other in Hillsborough County, home to Tampa.

The Florida Health Department said in a statement that the Manatee County patient is an adult without a travel history to the countries restricted by the C.D.C. The Hillsborough County patient had traveled to Italy. Both patients are in isolation.

Two health care workers in California test positive, adding to a growing U.S. total.

Two health care workers employed by a hospital in Vacaville, Calif., tested positive for coronavirus, the authorities said.Credit…Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Two health care workers in the San Francisco Bay Area tested positive for the coronavirus after they were exposed to a patient now being treated for the virus at a hospital in Sacramento, the authorities said on Sunday.

The workers’ conditions were not immediately available, but public health officials in Alameda County and Solano County said in a news release that the workers were isolated in their homes.

The news came after new cases were reported in both Washington State and Rhode Island. Alex M. Azar II, the health and human services secretary, said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that the government planned a “radical expansion” in testing capacity.

Globally, the number of infections has risen to more than 88,000. China reported an additional 202 infections and 42 deaths from the virus, bringing its total number of confirmed infections to more than 80,000 and total of deaths from the virus to exceed 3,000.

In Washington, two new patients in King County, both men in their 60s, were in critical condition, officials said. The state became the site of the country’s first coronavirus death on Saturday.

The Coronavirus Outbreak

  • Answers to your most common questions:Updated Feb. 26, 2020
    • What is a coronavirus?
      It is a novel virus named for the crownlike spikes that protrude from its surface. The coronavirus can infect both animals and people and can cause a range of respiratory illnesses from the common cold to more dangerous conditions like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS.
    • How worried should I be?
      New outbreaks in Asia, Europe and the Middle East are renewing fears of a global pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned this week that Americans should brace for the likelihood that the virus will spread to the United States.
    • How do I keep myself and others safe?
      Washing your hands frequently is the most important thing you can do, along with staying at home when you’re sick.
    • What if I’m traveling?
      The C.D.C. haswarned older and at-risk travelers to avoid Japan, Italy and Iran. The agency also has advised against all nonessential travel to South Korea and China.
    • How can I prepare for a possible outbreak?
      Keep a 30-day supply of essential medicines. Get a flu shot. Have essential household items on hand. Have a support system in place for elderly family members.
    • Where has the virus spread?
      The virus, which originated in Wuhan, China, has sickened more than 80,000 people in at least 33 countries, including Italy, Iran and South Korea.
    • How contagious is the virus?
  • According to preliminary research, it seems moderately infectious, similar to SARS, and is probably transmitted through sneezes, coughs and contaminated surfaces. Scientists have estimated that each infected person could spread it to somewhere between 1.5 and 3.5 people without effective containment measures.
  • Who is working to contain the virus?
  • World Health Organization officials have been working with officials in China, where growth has slowed. But this week, as confirmed cases spiked on two continents, experts warned that the world was not ready for a major outbreak.

Health officials in Rhode Island announced Sunday that a second person in that state tested positive for coronavirus after returning from a school trip to Europe.

That person, a teenager, had minor symptoms. Officials had earlier announce that an adult who went on the trip tested positive. Eighty-eight cases of coronavirus had been identified in the United States as of Sunday night, including 23 announced over the weekend.

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A doctor with patients on Feb. 21 at a gym that was turned into a temporary hospital in Wuhan, China.Credit…Chinatopix, via Associated Press

The coronavirus and the flu are often compared these days. But what are their basic similarities and differences?

So far, the coronavirus seems to be deadlier. On average, the seasonal flu strain kills about 0.1 percent of people who become infected. Early estimates of the death rate in the coronavirus outbreak’s epicenter in Wuhan, China, have been around 2 percent.

The rate could fall if it turns out that many cases aren’t detected because they are so mild or even symptom-free.

As with influenza, the coronavirus is most dangerous to people over the age of 65, or who have chronic illness or a weak immune system.

And so far, the flu has sickened more people than the coronavirus. In the United States, there have been 32 million cases of flu, several hundred thousands hospitalizations and 18,000 deaths, according to the C.D.C. By contrast, about 70 people in the United States have been infected with the new coronavirus, and there has been one death, which was reported on Saturday.

One area where the two ailments diverge is treatment. There is no approved antiviral drug for the coronavirus, but several are being tested. For those infected with any viral illness, doctors recommend rest, medicine to reduce pain and fever, and fluids to avoid dehydration. For the flu, doctors can offer four prescription medicines and they tend to work best within a day or two of when symptoms start.

There are no coronavirus vaccinations available, but one may be available in a year or two. Flu vaccines are widely available and generally 40 percent to 60 percent effective.