Officials on Saturday announced a possible outbreak of coronavirus at a nursing facility in Washington State, a serious situation given the risks the virus poses to elderly people.
The possible outbreak is at a long-term care facility in Kirkland, Wash., called Life Care Center, officials from Washington state and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on a media call Saturday.
There are two presumptive positives associated with the facility, one a health care worker and the other a woman in her 70s.
Adding to the concern, officials said approximately 27 of 108 residents and 25 of 180 staff have some symptoms and are being tested.
Jeff Duchin, a Washington state health official, said they are “very concerned about an outbreak in this setting, where there are many older people.”