Six Die From Coronavirus in U.S., 80+ Infected Across 10 States
The global death toll has surpassed 3,000 people.
At least six people have reportedly died from the novel strain of coronavirus in the United States, and nearly 90 other cases have been confirmed in 10 states as of Monday.
All fatalities occurred in Washington State, and include two men who died from the virus over the weekend at a nursing facility. New infections were also announced in California, Massachusetts, Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Rhode Island, Oregon, Wisconsin, and New York, according to CNN.
The first case in the U.S. was confirmed in January when a man in Washington tested positive for the virus after having traveled to Wuhan, China. Other, subsequent cases have indicated that the disease is spreading with no ties to traveling abroad.
The Chinese government has been accused of covering up the spread of the coronavirus until it was too late. As of Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention appears to have stopped disclosing how many people are being tested for the virus in the U.S.
In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) declared a public health emergency because of the outbreak, and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) also declared a state of emergency.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio provided an update Monday on the first New Yorker to test positive for coronavirus. The 39-year-old health care worker who is infected had returned from Iran and is now isolated in her home and being treated. Officials say the patient did not use public transportation.
After stock markets saw their worst week since the 2008 financial crisis because of the coronavirus, they saw a slow recovery Monday morning.
As of Monday, more than 89,000 cases have been confirmed globally — more than 80,000 of those are concentrated in China, where the virus originated. The global death toll has also surpassed 3,000, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker.
NowThis spoke with an infectious disease doctor who said that washing your hands is still one of the most effective ways to prevent infection.
This post has been updated.