Washington county with nine coronavirus deaths urges ALL its 2.2MILLION residents to work from home, pulls 22,000 students from school and tells everyone over 60 to stay indoors – while state officials warn primary voters not to lick ballots

Thursday, March 5, 2020
By Paul Martin

King County health officials urged businesses to allow employees to telecommute for the next three weeks
They also recommended that higher-risk groups – including people over 60 and who have underlying health issues – to stay home and away from large social gatherings
Northshore School District, which serves 22,000 students in King and Snohomish counties, announced late Wednesday that it was closing all 36 of its schools after a parent tested ‘presumptive positive’ for coronavirus
Washington has been at the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the US, with 39 cases and 10 deaths
Most of the state’s deaths were patients at a Seattle-area nursing home that is now under federal investigation
State officials have asked voters not to lick mail-in ballots for the March 10 primary
11 people in the US have died from the COVID-19 coronavirus and 150 people have tested positive nationwide
Ten of the deaths have occurred in Washington state while California recorded its first death on Wednesday
The California death was an elderly patient with underlying health conditions who was likely exposed on a cruise ship from San Francisco to Mexico in early February
The number of New York cases jumped to 11 on Wednesday after a Manhattan attorney’s wife, two children, neighbor and friend’s family of five tested positive

By MEGAN SHEETS and EMILY CRANE
DAILYMAIL.COM
5 March 2020

Residents of a Washington county where 31 people have tested positive for coronavirus and nine people have died are being advised to work from home to avoid possible exposure to the killer strain.

Public health officials in King County, which includes Seattle and is home to over 2.2 million people, have urged local businesses to allow employees to telecommute for the next three weeks in an effort to curb the COVID-19 outbreak.

They are also recommending that higher-risk groups – including people over the age of 60, pregnant women and people with underlying health conditions or weakened immune systems – stay home and away from large social gatherings.

County health officer Jeffrey Duchin explained that the latest recommendations, announced Wednesday, were meant as a reminder for residents to remain cautious and said officials are not asking for people to completely put their lives on hold.

Northshore School District, which serves 22,000 students across King and Snohomish counties, announced late Wednesday that it was closing all 36 of its schools after a parent or volunteer at Woodmoor Elementary tested ‘presumptive positive’ for coronavirus.

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