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First death from coronavirus in the United States confirmed in Washington state

A patient infected with the novel coronavirus in Washington state has died, a state health official said Saturday, marking the first death due to the virus in the United States.

The patient was a man in his 50s who had underlying health conditions, according to Dr. Jeffrey Duchin, health officer for Seattle and King County, Washington. County health officials became aware of the case on Friday, he said.

“I want to assure that family they are on the hearts of every American,” Vice President Mike Pence said in a press briefing Saturday.

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