The first death from the mysterious coronavirus in the United States has been confirmed by Washington state officials.
They will hold a press conference soon to release more details. President Trump will be speaking from the White House in a few minutes as well as the nation pulls together (hopefully the Dems will join the effort and drop the politics).
From ABC: The first death from coronavirus has been confirmed. According to health officials in Washington State, there has been one death from COVID-19 in Kings County, Washington, and new cases. Officals are slated to provide an update during a press conference on Saturday afternoon.
New York State wil begin using its own tests for coronavorus, after getting approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to a statement from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“When I spoke to Vice President Pence, I urged him to approve New York State’s Coronavirus test — we just received word that our test has been approved by the FDA. New York State will begin testing immediately at Wadsworth Lab,” the governor said via the statement.
“This approval will expedite wait time and improve New York’s ability to more effectively manage the Coronavirus situation as it unfolds.”
“We believe this policy strikes the right balance during this public health emergency,” said FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, M.D. in a statement. “We will continue to help to ensure sound science prior to clinical testing and follow-up with the critical independent review from the FDA, while quickly expanding testing capabilities in the U.S. We are not changing our standards for issuing Emergency Use Authorizations. This action today reflects our public health commitment to addressing critical public health needs and rapidly responding and adapting to this dynamic and evolving situation.”
From The Washington Post:
Here are the latest developments:
The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday took new steps to expand testing for the coronavirus by speeding up hospitals’ abilities to test, though some experts worried that the changes fell short. The action followed complaints from labs that the previous policy was too burdensome and was slowing hospitals’ efforts to create and use their own tests.
President Trump said he will hold a news conference on coronavirus developments at 1:30 PM at the White House.
One of three new community-transmitted cases confirmed Friday on the West Coast include an elementary school employee in Oregon, district officials said.
In France, the government banned gatherings of more than 5,000 people on Saturday after the Health Ministry confirmed 19 new cases late Friday, a nearly 100 percent increase since the day before. European health officials warned of outbreaks in their respective countries as numbers of confirmed cases continued to climb across the continent.
Qatar announced its first case of coronavirus Saturday, days after the country’s ruler ordered the evacuation of its citizens from Iran, the center of the outbreak in the Middle East. Authorities in Iran Saturday reported more than 200 new cases of the virus causing covid-19 — as well as nine deaths, the highest death toll from the virus outside of China.
South Korean health officials confirmed nearly 600 new cases, the country’s biggest single-day increase to date.
China reported its lowest manufacturing numbers on record for the month of February, as the epidemic-stricken economy ground to an unprecedented standstill.
Major companies are beginning to cancel conferences and travel plans within the United States due to the coronavirus, which analysts warn will have cascading impacts on the country’s hotels, airlines and convention centers.