** The number of coronavirus deaths in the US climbed to at least
19 21 on Sunday.
** 18 coronavirus deaths were in Washington state.
** 15 of those deaths of at the Life Care senior Center in Seattle.
** 70 of its 180 employees have shown COVID-19 symptoms
** The number of residents went from 120 to 63 in recent weeks
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One-third of their staff members tested sick with the coronavirus this week.
The two most recent deaths occurred on Friday, health officials said. One was a woman in her 70s, the other a woman in her 80s. Both were residents of Life Care Center of Kirkland, the nursing home that has been the epicenter of the outbreak and connected to 14 of the deaths.
The nursing home held its first media briefing Saturday, announcing that since Feb. 19, 26 residents have died. It is an acute care facility where about three to seven residents die in a typical month, it said in a written statement.
Most of the patients died at hospitals, where they were tested: 13 of 15 who died at hospitals had the new coronavirus. But 11 died at the nursing home, and Life Care said it had no information about post-mortem tests to see whether any of them had the disease.
A team of 30 medical professionals from the U.S. Public Health Service began arriving at Life Care over the weekend to relieve exhausted — and ill — staff.
In its statement Saturday, Life Care said 70 of its 180 employees have shown COVID-19 symptoms and are no longer working. The facility said that it has 63 residents remaining — down from 120 before the outbreak — and that six of them have symptoms.