By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
The US state that reported the first confirmed COVID-19 case has now seen more than 100 cases, according to health officials.
The Washington State Department of Health is now reporting 102 confirmed cases, including 16 deaths.
The cases have been reported from six counties: King County (71 and 15 deaths), Snohomish (27 and one death), Grant (1), Jefferson (1), Pierce (1) and Clark (1).
Public Health – Seattle & King County says there are currently no restrictions on who can be tested for COVID-19 and commercial testing is becoming more available. Healthcare providers may test any patient in whom they suspect COVID-19. While testing is becoming more available, there are limitations in health care providers’ capacity to obtain samples and process lab results rapidly.
While there are no restrictions who can get tested, not everybody who feels ill needs to be tested, particularly if you have mild illness. If you are sick with fever, cough or shortness of breath and are in a high risk group, call your healthcare provider to discuss whether you should be tested for COVID-19.
People at high risk for complications from COVID-19 are:
- People older than 60 years
- People with chronic medical conditions
- People with weakened immune systems
- Pregnant people
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