2nd death near Seattle adds to signs coronavirus is spreading in U.S.

There are new signs that the coronavirus was spreading undetected in some American communities for weeks.

There are new signs that the coronavirus was spreading undetected in some American communities for weeks. With testing now ramping up, the Seattle suburb of Kirkland has become an epicenter of the illness, much of it focused on a nursing facility where six coronavirus cases have been confirmed and many more residents and employees have complained of illness. Health authorities in King County, WA, announced on Sunday evening that one of the six, a resident of the nursing home, had died of the virus at the EvergreenHealth hospital in Kirkland, and that three more were in critical condition. The death was the second on U.S. soil from the virus; the first also occurred at that hospital. One-quarter of Kirkland’s firefighters were in quarantine on Sunday because they had been to the nursing facility. Beyond Kirkland, the King County authorities announced two additional coronavirus cases earlier in the day that were unrelated to the nursing home; those patients were in critical condition at hospitals in Seattle and Renton. Officials were scrambling to assess the risks emerging in schools, medical centers, and the major employers in the region. Elsewhere in the country, the states of New York, Florida, and Rhode Island each reported their first cases, all linked to recent foreign travel. Other states also reported new cases, bringing the national total announced on Sunday to 87.