Coronavirus Washington State: 27 Firefighters Quarantined, Homeland Security Shut Down Over Exposure

Meanwhile, the US death toll from the coronavirus climbed to 12 on Thursday, with all but one of the victims in Washington state, and the number of infections swelled to over 200, scattered across 18 states.

The US death toll from the novel coronavirus rose to nine on Tuesday, all in the state of Washington and many of them residents of the same nursing home, officials said.

About 1,000 people in the New York City suburb of Westchester County, where the two families live, were under quarantine orders for possible exposure, Cuomo said.

Los Angeles officials announced six new confirmed cases related to travel in Los Angeles County, including three people who had been in northern Italy, one of the areas most affected by the global outbreak.

At least 79 cases of COVID-19 - the disease caused by the virus - have been confirmed in the state, with most in the Seattle area. One death has been recorded in California.

Testing at two commercial labs also are ramping up for COVID-19, Wiesman said. "Together, we may potentially impact the spread of the disease in our community". "They stayed home from work when they felt ill, the family self-quarantined, and reported the exposure and their condition to their employers and other officials".

Workplaces should enact measures that allow people who can work from home to do so. One school district in the area has closed.

Before a meeting with state and local government officials and members of the state's congressional delegation, the vice president thanked Inslee for his leadership on the state's response, saying it "has really inspired the country". The only other state with a reported death is California, as of Wednesday morning. A National Guard helicopter lowered test kits onto the 951-foot (290-meter) Grand Princess by rope as the vessel lay at anchor off Northern California, and authorities said the results would be available on Friday. More than 3,200 people worldwide have died from the respiratory illness that can lead to pneumonia.

More than $3 billion of the funds would be devoted to research and development of coronavirus vaccines, test kits and treatments. There are now no approved vaccines or treatments for the fast-spreading illness that began in China and has infected more than 95,000 people in over 80 countries and territories.

The pictures emerged as a patient with underlying health conditions became the first person to die in the United Kingdom after contracting coronavirus.

"In coordination with Public Health, we have determined that some staff may have been exposed while working in an intensive care unit where the patient had been treated", Gregg said. "Right now, it is a challenge if you are a doctor wanting to get somebody tested", US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told reporters following a briefing with lawmakers. Asked if the coronavirus outbreak has hurt the economy, Trump said at a townhall in Scranton, Pennsylvania: "It certainly might have an impact".

"Our single greatest challenge is the lack of fast federal action to increase testing capacity - without that, we can not beat this epidemic back", he said.

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