US Coronavirus Death Toll Rises to Eleven, California Reports First Death


WASHINGTON — The first U.S. coronavirus death outside of Washington state has been reported in California. 

A northern California resident died from complications of COVID-19, according to health officials who described the person as an "elderly adult with underlying health conditions." 

Placer County Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson said, “We extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of this patient.” 

Officials say the patient, who has not been identified by name or gender, was probably exposed to coronavirus while on a cruise from San Francisco to Mexico sometime between Feb. 11 to Feb. 21.

The patient was the second confirmed case of COVID-19 in the county and is now the first to die from the illness in California. 

Shortly before California's first coronavirus death was announced, the Washington State Department of Health confirmed another person has died from the coronavirus in King County, Washington. 

The two cases bring the number of deaths in the U.S. up to 11.

Leaders in Congress and the Senate have come to an agreement on a bipartisan deal that would put around $8 billion of emergency funding towards fighting the coronavirus in the U.S.

The deal was confirmed to NBC news and the Washington Post Wednesday and would first need to pass the House and Senate before being put on the president's desk for a signature. 

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby toldNBC News, “This should not be about politics; this is about doing our job to protect the American people from a potential pandemic." 

Los Angeles is now under a local state of emergency over coronavirus concerns after the number of cases has increased there to seven. 

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