President Trump misidentified the nation’s first coronavirus fatality as a “wonderful woman” on Saturday — the victim, in fact, was a man who died in a Seattle-area hospital, officials said.
The patient, who died overnight Friday, was a man with “an underlying health condition,” Dr. Jeff Duchin, a public health officer for Seattle and King County, told reporters in an afternoon news conference.
In addition to the patient who died, Washington state is also dealing a potential coronavirus outbreak centered at nursing home, LifeCare Center, in Kirkland.
At least one patient there, a woman, and a health care worker have also tested positive for the coronavirus; some 50 patients associated with the center are suffering respiratory illnesses and are being tested.
“We’re in the beginning stages of our investigation” into a potential coronavirus outbreak at the nursing home, he said.