February 29, 2020 / 6:33 PM / a month ago

Washington state reports first coronavirus death in United States

Harborview Medical Center's home assessment team, including (L to R) Michelle Steik, Lucy Greenfield, and Krista Reitberg prepare to visit the home of a person potentially exposed to novel coronavirus, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, U.S. February 29, 2020. REUTERS/David Ryder

(Reuters) - Washington state health officials reported the first patient death from coronavirus in the United States on Saturday, according to a news release.

State health officials were due to provide more information at a news conference on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time (2100 GMT), according to the statement. No other details were immediately available.

Reporting by Gabriella Borter; Editing by Nick Zieminski

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