WASHINGTON (INTELLIHUB) — In the wake of the first reported U.S. coronavirus death in Washington State on Saturaday the White House announced that authorities would be restricting travel entering the U.S. from Iran and would be baring any foreign national who has traveled to Iran in the past 24 days from entering.
Vice President Mike Pence made the announcement during a White House press briefing on Saturday where he explained to reporters and the American people that travel restrictions are being expanded.
The vice president cited “Section 212 F” and inadvertently admitting that the virus has a 24 day incubation period as Intellihub has already reported.
Meanwhile, an assisted care facility in Kirkland, Washington was closed on Saturday after a severe respiratory outbreak was discovered.
Signs posted outside reading: Notice to all visitors. We are hereby having respiratory outbreak” were ominous, to say the least.
We went to Life Care Center of Kirkland and found these signs outside. There are about 50 people who have symptoms that could indicate Coronavirus, 2 confirmed cases. (One is 70yo patient at Evergreen, one woman in 40s is a center employee now treated at Overlake) @KIRO7Seattle pic.twitter.com/bBo8FBIQdD
— Alison Grande (@AlisonKIRO7) February 29, 2020
According to reports, one patient was loaded into an ambulance outside of Life Care Center where approximately 27 of the 108 residents and 25 of the 180 staff are showing symptoms of the coronavirus. Three have tested positive.
Kirkland, Washington – Paramedics just loaded #coronavirus patient into an ambulance at Life Care Center of Kirkland nursing home. Approx. 27 of the 108 residents and 25 of the 180 staff have symptoms, some among them have pneumonia. (VIDEO by @TedLandK5) pic.twitter.com/iT7zBcJ2c8
— Max Howroute▫️ (@howroute) February 29, 2020
Several firefighters who came in contact with residents in the building were asked to self-quarantine presumably for 24 days.
.@kirklandgov confirms with @KIRO7Seattle that "several" fire crews are in home quarantine following contact w/ two #coronavirus patients at Life Care Center. Those crews will be out of the mix for at least 14 days. pic.twitter.com/UPXSdnXxhj
— Ryan Simms (@RyanKIRO7) February 29, 2020
More updates coming. Stay tuned to intellihub.com!