Coronavirus death toll in Washington rises to nine


KING CO., Wash. — Nine people have died from the coronavirus in Washington State.

According to the Washington State Department of Health, there are now nine deaths and 27 infections of the coronavirus in the state.

231 people remain under public health supervision.

Earlier Monday, 4 News Now learned that a seventh patient had died from the coronavirus. The patient was transferred from the Life Care Center in Kirkland to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center February 24, testing “presumptively positive” for COVID-19. The patient did have underlying health conditions, and died on February 26.

UW Medicine and Public Health, Seattle & King County have determined that some staff may have been exposed to the coronavirus, but that other patients were likely not exposed.

The exposed staff are currently being monitored and screened by UW Medicine’s Employee Health team.

Five of the seven coronavirus deaths in Washington are tied to Kirkland’s Life Care Center.