Washington state says coronavirus death toll rises to 6

Health officials in Washington state announced four additional deaths among coronavirus patients on Monday, bringing the total number of fatalities to six. Two of the patients were considered “new” cases of COVID-19, while a third death involved a patient who was previously confirmed to have the virus.

Moments after King County health officials announced that the state’s death toll had risen to five, another official said an additional death occurred in Snohomish County, bringing the tally to six.

The new cases bring the total number of confirmed COVID-19 instances in the state to 18, including eight of which have been linked to Life Care Center of Kirkland, which is currently experiencing an outbreak. Another hospitalized patient involves a man in his 50’s with no known previous exposure.

Several of the fatalities were described by King County health officials to involve patients older in age with underlying health issues. Two involved female patients who died on March 1, while another death which occurred on Sunday involved a male in his 70’s with underlying health issues.

It was not immediately clear what the details surrounding the Snohomish County patient’s death were, but all six fatalities occurred at Evergreen Health Medical Center.


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