By Gio Velez | @RedLineProject | Posted: Monday, March 16, 2020
Health officials identified the first U.S case of the coronavirus in Washington state on Jan. 21. Since the, the infectious disease has forced its way into the consciousness of the entire country.
As of Monday night, the New York Times database listed 4,402 reported cases of the virus–with 86 total deaths. The data comes from both state and local health agencies, hospitals, and the Centers for Disease Control.
In recent weeks, New York has jumped to the top in terms of most cases reported in the U.S with 950.
Since announcing its first case on March 1, patients are being treated in Westchester County, several New York City boroughs, Long Island and a dozen other counties.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has continued to warn that intensive care units would soon be full. Asking President Trump to send the Army Corps of Engineers to alter university dorms and other buildings in order to house those patients.
In Washington state has 48 deaths and 786 reported cases. Washington alone accounts for half of all U.S. deaths so far.
Age is a factor. According to the New York Times, among the people who have died in the U.S, almost all have been in their 70s, 80s or 90s. The youngest reported death is a man in his 40s.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker ordered on Monday that gatherings of 50 or more people are to be canceled. This comes after the CDC released new guidelines for the virus. This order applies to gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, private clubs and theaters. However, It doesn’t apply to essential areas such as grocery stores, hospitals, pharmacies, gas stations, banks or shelters. Pritzker also ordered bars and restaurants closed, save for pickup and delivery.
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