Coronavirus Crisis: Death Toll Rises in Washington State, Pres. Trump Pledges $100,000
There have been nine times more cases reported outside of China in the last 24-hours than inside.
Washington State is reporting more deaths from the coronavirus, bringing the U.S. total to nine deaths and at least 60 known cases.
Researchers believe the virus circulated undetected in the Seattle area for weeks.
Sec. Alex Azar, with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, says they are now beginning to ramp up production of testing kits and say they continue to closely monitor the spread.
“The degree of risk has the potential to change quickly especially if we see sustained spread of the disease around the world which could qualify this disease as a pandemic,” he said.
President Trump has donated his quarterly earnings of $100,000 to the Department of Health and Human Services to help the efforts to contain the virus.
President @realDonaldTrump made a commitment to donate his salary while in office. Honoring that promise and to further protect the American people, he is donating his 2019 Q4 salary to @HHSGov to support the efforts being undertaken to confront, contain, and combat #Coronavirus. pic.twitter.com/R6KUQmBRl1
— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) March 3, 2020