The US has reported 11 coronavirus deaths among more than 180 cases. Here’s what we know about the US patients.
The US announced its 11th coronavirus death on Wednesday: an elderly woman in Placer County, California. Ten other coronavirus patients have died in Washington state.
Two of the Washington patients died February 26, but their diagnoses weren’t confirmed until Tuesday, so they are now the earliest known coronavirus fatalities in the US.
In total, US has confirmed more than 180 cases of the coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China, two months ago.
Forty-six of those cases are passengers who had been quarantined on the Diamond Princess cruise ship then repatriated. Three evacuees from Wuhan also tested positive for the coronavirus.
Sixteen states have reported cases, though in one of those states, Nebraska, the infections are only among repatriated citizens.
The coronavirus causes a respiratory disease known as COVID-19. More than 3,300 people have died and nearly 97,000 others have been infected, about 83% of whom are in China. Cases have been recorded in at least 87 countries.
The US is seeing a rising number of cases of “community spread” — patients with no known exposure to the virus or travel history to countries where outbreaks have been reported.