Coronavirus deaths reach 1,000 in Washington

SEATTLE (AP) — The number of deaths in Washington because of the coronavirus has reached 1,000. The Washington State Department of Health on Saturday added eight more deaths and listed the total number of confirmed cases at 18,288. The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the U.S. was in Washington state. On Jan. 20, a man tested positive. He had been traveling in Wuhan, China, where the outbreak appears to have originated. He returned to the Seattle area on Jan. 15 and days later began showing symptoms. The Seattle-area also saw the nation’s first deadly coronavirus cluster at a nursing home. The Life Care Center of Kirkland was linked to more than 40 deaths.