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Health Department reports 127 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in Washington on Sunday; 2 new deaths in King County

UPDATED: Sun., March 15, 2020

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Washington state grew again Sunday with 127 new patients. Additionally two new deaths were announced from Life Care Center in Kirkland, which has been hit hard by the novel coronavirus. (Ted S. Warren / AP)
The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Washington state grew again Sunday with 127 new patients. Additionally two new deaths were announced from Life Care Center in Kirkland, which has been hit hard by the novel coronavirus. (Ted S. Warren / AP)

The number of positive, confirmed cases in Spokane County remained at three Sunday, although a large portion of the new cases reported were not assigned to a county by the Health Department.

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 grew again Sunday with 127 new patients in Washington state. Additionally two new deaths were announced from an elderly care center in Kirkland that has been hit hard by the novel coronavirus.

Most of the new cases were reported Sunday by the state Department of Health as unassigned to a county. Spokane County’s total number of confirmed cases remained at three following Saturday’s announcement by health officials of its first positive test result, but officials also said unassigned cases could be linked to Spokane.

There are a total of 104 unassigned cases. There were 39 unassigned cases reported on Saturday.

King County reported 32 new cases Sunday.

The new cases bring the total confirmed cases in King County to 420 with 37 deaths. The statewide total grew Sunday from 642 to 769, according to the Washington Department of Health.

Those additional cases included 22 new confirmed cases in Snohomish County and 10 probable cases, three new cases in Pierce County, one new case in Whatcom County, and Lincoln County with its first case. Positive tests have been returned in 17 of Washington’s 39 counties, according to the Health Department.

A vast majority of the tests being administered to Washington state residents are coming back negative. According to the Health Department, 9,451 tests have returned negative in the state, compared to the 769 positive cases.

The Spokane Regional Health District expects to see more confirmed cases as testing becomes more widespread.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tightened its guidelines Sunday to recommend that gatherings of more than 50 people be canceled for the next eight weeks. Those events include gatherings like weddings, birthday parties or funerals.

Five confirmed cases had been reported in Idaho as of Sunday evening. Nationwide, there are 3,499 confirmed cases of the virus, according to the Washington Post. Sixty-six people have died.

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