Twenty of the deaths in Washington state’s King County were linked to Life Care Center nursing facility in Kirkland. Federal authorities are investigating.
As the number of coronavirus cases in Washington continues to grow, Gov. Jay Inslee announced on Tuesday new rules around nursing homes and assisted living facilities centered around visitors, screening, and precautionary measures.
The rules come after numerous residents of Kirkland’s Life Care Center became infected with the coronavirus. The majority of fatal cases in the state have been linked to that facility.
On Tuesday, Public Health – Seattle & King County announced two new deaths, bringing the county total to 22.
Both new deaths were residents of nursing homes. A woman in her 80s, a resident of Issaquah Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, died March 8. A man in his 80s, a resident of Ida Culver House, died at the University of Washington Medical Center on March 9.
Public Health – Seattle & King County announced Tuesday that it is working with 10 long term care facilities where residents or employees have tested positive for the virus. The following places have reported residents or employees who tested positive for the virus:
- Life Care Center of Kirkland
- Issaquah Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
- Emerald Heights
- Aegis Living at Marymoor
- Redmond Care & Rehabilitation Center
- Ida Culver House Ravenna
- Boulevard Park Place Active Retirement Community
- Madison House Independent & Assisted Living Community
- The Gardens at Juanita Bay
- Columbia Lutheran Home
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