Two dozen new cases of coronavirus were reported in the US over the weekend

Two dozen new cases of coronavirus were reported in the US over the weekend

(CNN)The total number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States jumped by two dozen over the weekend, as the first two deaths from the outbreak were confirmed.

New cases of the virus were announced in Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington state, and Florida on Sunday, bringing the US total to 89 as of Monday morning, up from 65 on Friday night.
The new cases prompted emergency declarations in at least two states and sparked new warnings.

Dozens of new cases

At least 18 new cases were announced across the country on Sunday, including the first two cases ever reported in Florida.
Those cases involve one resident of Hillsborough County who tested positive and has a history of travel to Italy. The other is an adult in Manatee County who also tested positive but had no history of travel outside the US, a statement from the Florida Department of Health said. Both were in self-isolation as of Sunday night and will remain isolated until they are cleared by health officials, the statement said.
“This is the scenario that we prepare for every day in public health,” Florida Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees said in a statement. “The Department is moving forward with the appropriate plans, and we are working directly with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local medical providers to ensure these individuals receive the proper treatment and that anyone who has come into contact with them is following the necessary protocols, limiting or stopping any further spread.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a public health emergency as a result of the cases, a memorandum from his office said.
An emergency proclamation also was issued in Washington state, where both US deaths from the virus occurred. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency after the first death was confirmed on Saturday in King County. The patient was a man in his 50s who had underlying health conditions, Dr. Jeffrey Duchin, health officer for Seattle and King County said during a news conference on Saturday. He said he and other health officials were made aware of the case on Friday.
The second death was a man in his 70s who suffered from underlying health conditions and died Saturday, Seattle & King County Public Health said in a news release.

At least 6 cases linked to one facility

The latter patient was one of four new cases confirmed Sunday among residents of a long-term nursing facility in Kirkland, Washington, where officials have been investigating a possible outbreak of coronavirus.
The patients were resi

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