Washington state prohibits any event of more than 250 people in three counties

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee addressed the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in his state during a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

Inslee announced a ban on events of more than 250 people in three counties within the Seattle metro area in hopes of controlling the spread of the virus. The areas are home to nearly 4 million people.

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Multiple deaths have been linked to a Seattle-area nursing home, along with dozens of other infections among residents, staff and family members.