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Washington state COVID-19 cases might reach 64,000 by May if health officials and the general public aren’t able to contain the outbreak now, Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday.
The Evergreen State has at least 162 confirmed coronavirus cases across eight counties as of Monday night, however transmittable disease specialists state the actual number might be closer to 1,000 or more, Inslee stated at an interview.
He said public health authorities have actually not evaluated all 7.5 million residents in the state, and experts believe there are “lots of, lots of other individuals today in Washington state” who have the virus but do not have symptoms and have not been diagnosed yet.
“If we presume there are 1,000 or more people who have the virus today, what the professionals are telling us, in an epidemic like this, taking a look at the attributes of this infection, people who are contaminated will double anywhere from 5 to 8 days,” he said. “If you do that math, it gets extremely troubling.”
“When something doubles every day, it gets to a very large number extremely quickly. If there are 1,000 people contaminated today, in 7 or 8 weeks, there could be 64,000 individuals infected in the state of Washington,” he stated.
The flu-like infection seems particularly serious for the senior and those with underlying health conditions, Inslee noted on Tuesday. “We know this is a fatal disease all too often for those particularly of age and those who have persistent conditions,” he stated.
With that in mind, Inslee stated, the state is issuing new rules for nursing homes and long-term care centers, limiting clients to one person or see per day. Visitors must be adults and the check out must take place in citizens’ spaces. This does not use to “end of life situations,” he included.
The move came as New York, which is also handling a COVID-19 outbreak, released the National Guard to New Rochelle, a coronavirus location simply north of New York City.
“This is special in the United States of America, we have not seen this anywhere else. Consider it, New Rochelle has double the cases of New york city City, it holds true, it’s a phenomenon,” New york city Gov. Andrew Cuomo informed reporters Tuesday in announcing the implementation. Westchester County, where New Rochelle lies, had 108 COVID-19 cases out of the 173 confirmed infections throughout the state, according to state health department information Tuesday.
The COVID-19 epidemic, which began in China a little over 2 months back, has actually not yet satisfied world health authorities’ classification of an international pandemic.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has stated the WHO hasn’t stated a pandemic in part since the majority of cases of COVID-19 were still traced to known contacts or clusters of cases, and there wasn’t any “evidence as yet that the virus is spreading out freely in communities.”