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Seattle (CNN) — Seattle’s hospitals are preparing for a surge of coronavirus cases, but there are faint glimmers the situation is improving in the place where the US outbreak first took hold.
The scientists crunching the numbers think if there is a surge, the peak in Washington State will come in a week or two. This state’s time line is ahead of other areas in the US, likely because the virus broke out here first.
The article goes on to state the following:
But as Washington state officials began to react, they may have created a case study of how to “flatten the curve” and reduce the spread of the virus.
The report notes that Washington was not the first state to issue stay-at-home orders, but they aren’t seeing the incredible number of cases that New York and New Jersey are seeing. Although Washington is still reporting new cases and deaths, it has the fifth-highest number of deaths in the US, according to data from Johns Hopkins. It was used to have the highest.
The following actions were taken in Washington, starting around March 11, in response to the coronavirus:
- all schools closed for six weeks
- bars, restaurants, gyms, hair and nail salons, and other social gatherings were temporarily shutdown
- gatherings were restricted to 50 people maximum
The report also notes that doctors and nurses at Harborview/UW medicine “cover themselves in personal protection equipment — a mask over nose and mouth, then a hood with a clear visor at the front and a hose at the back to pump in clean air.”
The latest COVID-19 stats (at time of publication of this story):
- Washington, Coronavirus Cases: 6,585
Washington, Deaths: 272
- New York, Coronavirus Cases: 102,863
New York, Deaths: 2,935
- New Jersey, Coronavirus Cases: 25,590
New Jersey, Deaths: 537
- US Coronavirus Cases: 258,112
US Deaths: 6,572
US Recovered: 11,941
Global Coronavirus Cases: 1,062,476
Global Coronavirus Deaths: 56,597
Global Recovered: 225,603
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