First major warning on likely spread
First coronavirus death in the US
First coronavirus confirmation in New York City
New York confirmed its first case of coronavirus on March 1. The patient contracted the virus while in Iran, officials said. “There is no reason for undue anxiety — the general risk remains low in New York. We are diligently managing this situation,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
First death outside Washington state
The victim was an elderly man with underlying health conditions, who was probably exposed to the virus on a trip aboard a Princess Cruises ship that traveled from San Francisco to Mexico in February.
Ship is held at sea in the US due to coronavirus
A ship carrying more than 3,500 people was held at sea off the coast of California as it traveled from Hawaii on March 4. The Grand Princess previously carried a passenger who became the first person to die from coronavirus in California, and was ordered to stay at sea for days as it awaited test results. Officials later confirmed 21 positive cases of coronavirus.
First deaths outside the West Coast
Florida authorities announced March 6 that two coronavirus patients in the state died. It was the first deaths believed to be linked to the virus on the East Coast. The state also confirmed more than a dozen cases, considered the second largest cluster on the East Coast after New York.
First infection in the nation’s capital
The first case of coronavirus infection in the District of Columbia was reported on March 7.
The patient was a resident in his 50s who appeared to have no history of international travel and no close contacts with a confirmed case, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced.
Infections hit more than 400
A nursing home is at the center of the outbreak
The hard-hit Washington state is grappling with an outbreak at Life Care Center nursing home in suburban Seattle, where at least 14 people have died, the King County Health Department said.
All 63 residents remaining at the facility are confined to their rooms and dozens more have been transferred to various hospitals, said spokesman Tim Killian of the Kirkland facility.