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UPDATE: Tuesday, March 3: 5 in Ventura County tested for coronavirus ; 6th person in U.S. dies from Covid-19 in Washington state

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Six U.S. residents, four of whom lived in a nursing home in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland, Washington, have died of Covid-19  as of Monday, March 2. On Tuesday, March 3, the Ventura County Public Health Department reported that the number of people in Ventura County now who have been tested for Covid-19 is five, with test results pending for two.

There are no confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ventura County as of Tuesday, March 3. Three people in Ventura County were previously tested and found not to have the virus. Results from two more cases are pending, according to the, which is the site where local updates about Covid-19 are provided by Ventura County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Levin.


According to a March 1 report in the New York Times, a quarter of the Kirkland firefighters are in quarantine because they had been to the Washington state nursing home.
Late Monday, March 2, California Gov. Gavin Newsom requested emergency action from the state Legislature to make available up to $20 million to respond to Covid-19.
On Tuesday, March 3, the Federal Reserve announced a half-point rate cut in interest rates to help combat the negative finacial impact of Covid-19 on the economy.
A man in Washington state was the first person in the United States reported to have died from the coronavirus, according to Washington state officials Feb. 29. 
Public officials said the man who died was in his 50s and had underlying health problems.
President Trump also gave a press conference Feb. 29, on Covid-19.
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee announced a state of emergency in Washington state on Feb. 29 as a result of the spread there of Covid-19.
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One person without any signs of sickness was — as of Feb. 29 — under federal quarantine order at Naval Base Ventura County-Point Mugu, according to the Ventura County Public Health Department. He arrrived at the base on Feb. 23. A second person was quarantined at the base later in the week for fewer than 48 hours before being moved to another Southern California location the evening of Friday, Feb. 28, according to Ashley Bautista, county of Ventura public information officer. That person had no signs of illness and was moved to a location outside of Ventura County, Bautista said.
Nineteen people are self-isolated as a precaution in Ventura County on March 3, according to the website.
The California Department of Public Health reported Monday that there were 43 positive cases in California, 24 of which are from repatriation flights.
The other 19 confirmed cases include 10 that are travel-related, five due to person-to-person exposure, and four due to community transmission, according to the CDPH.
Ventura County is one of a handful of California counties that has received its own testing apparatus. Previously, all Covid-19 tests were handled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and there was a long delay in getting test results for the second person in Ventura County tested for the virus.
The three Covid-19 cases reported Friday, Feb. 28, were an employee at an elementary school in the Portland area; an older Northern California woman; and a high school student in Everett, Washington. None of those people had recently traveled overseas or had any known contact with a traveler or infected person, according to public health authorities.
According to the California Department of Public Health’s website on Feb. 29: “The Public Health Department is working closely with the CDC to respond to the outbreak of COVID-19. Screening of incoming passengers at two California airports — Los Angeles International (LAX) and San Francisco International (SFO) — is ongoing. This is to identify people who have symptoms that could be due to COVID-19 so that they can receive appropriate assessment and care. The California Department of Public Health has been prepared and is continuing with the following actions as the situation surrounding COVID-19 evolves:
“• Activating the Emergency Operations Center to coordinate response efforts across the state.
Continuing to prepare and respond in coordination with federal and local partners, hospitals and physicians.
“• Providing information, guidance documents, and technical support to local health departments, health care facilities, providers, schools, universities, colleges, and childcare facilities across California.
Coordinating with federal authorities and local health departments that have implemented screening, monitoring and, in some cases quarantine.
Engaging with local health departments in managing suspect and confirmed cases of COVID-19 patients over the past several weeks."
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