US coronavirus cases hit more than 400: Frightening photo of an infected Nebraska woman, 36, being taken to a bio-containment unit is released as the outbreak grows and death toll rises to 19

Sunday, March 8, 2020
By Paul Martin

The number of US cases of coronavirus reached 442 on Saturday night, including 19 deaths
Washington state has the most cases at 103, followed by New York with 89 and California with 81
Now 31 states as well as the District of Columbia report either confirmed or presumptive positive cases
Comes as Nebraska woman is rushed to bio-containment unit in specialized isolation pod
New York state declares a state of emergency and FDNY orders firefighters not to respond to virus calls
Marine stationed in northern Virginia and sailor deployed to Italy are latest service members to test positive
Trump said he was not ‘concerned at all’ after attendee at CPAC conference he spoke at tested positive

8 March 2020

The number of cases of coronavirus in the U.S. has topped 400, as the outbreak spreads quickly and the death toll reaches 19.

On Saturday night, 31 states and the District of Columbia reported at least one confirmed or presumptive positive case, with those cases totaling 372. Including those infected people repatriated from abroad, and those trapped aboard the quarantined cruise ship Grand Princess off San Francisco, the total is at least 442.

Washington state had the most cases with 103, including 16 deaths, followed by New York with 89 cases and California, with 81 cases and one death. Florida, which reports 11 cases, has also seen two fatalities.

In the interior of the country, a number of more sparsely populated states reported their first cases on Saturday, including Missouri, Indiana, Minnesota and Nebraska.

In Nebraska, there were dramatic scenes as a woman who tested positive for the virus was rushed from a community hospital to the nation’s leading biocontainment unit at he University of Nebraska Medical Center Omaha.

The 36-year-old Nebraska resident was photographed being transported to the facility in a hi-tech isolation pod late Friday.

A woman who tested positive with the coronavirus is brought to the University of Nebraska Medical Center on Friday. She was transferred from Omaha’s Methodist Hospital in an isolation pod inside an ambulance

The woman, who is the first person in Nebraska to test positive to coronavirus, is ‘very seriously ill’, according to doctors who spoke with Saturday.

A chest CT scan conducted yesterday showed the coronavirus is evolving into acute respiratory distress syndrome (ADRS).

The syndrome, which is characterized by a rapid onset of widespread inflammation in the lungs, is often fatal.

People with ARDS suffer severe shortness of breath and often are unable to breathe on their own without support from a ventilator.

The woman reportedly traveled to England with her father February 18 to February 27. She began to feel ill on February 25, two days before she flew back to the United States.

Doctors say they are still trying to piece together where she went and who she had contact with in the 10 days since she arrived back from overseas.

According to doctors, her symptoms were quite mild until this Thursday, when she arrived at a local emergency room.

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