Of the 17 deaths reported, 16 are associated with Life Care Center.
Workers will be able to receive unemployment benefits and employers will get relief of benefit charges if an employer needs to curtail or shut down operations temporarily because a worker becomes sick and other workers need to be isolated or quarantined as a result of COVID-19.
Twenty-six of 120 patients living at the center as of February 19 have since died - with 13 of the 15 autopsies already conducted confirming coronavirus as the cause, Life Care officials said Monday. In total, 22 people died in Washington state.
As the death toll of their patients continues to grow, the managers of the Nursing Hospital in the American Coronavirus epidemic have appealed to authorities to send the equipment to check the remaining ones.
One of the new COVID-19 cases in the Seattle area was a first responder in Kirkland.
The facility is a branch of Life Care Centers of America, billed as the nation's largest privately held long-term care company for the elderly.
Inslee said the number of positive cases statewide is likely much higher, because testing for the virus has not been widely available.
King County is reporting 12 new confirmed cases bringing the total there to 83.
The new restrictions are meant to protect older people and those with underlying medical conditions, who are most vulnerable to complications from COVID-19, Inslee said in a news conference. "Testing is recommended only for people who are symptomatic for the disease".
The University of Washington School of Medicine said on Monday it could test all Life Care staff. Sixty-five of Life Care's 180 employees have gone home for self-quarantine after showing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, he said. Officials said the transportation facility would close for cleaning and that would impact the ability to transport students. One death has occurred in California, in Placer County. In a typical month, between three and seven residents of the facility die. One was a woman in her 70s, the other a woman in her 80s. The Florida Department of Health launched its own 24-hour coronavirus call center with live representatives to answer all your late-night, early-morning, and let's face it, all day long questions.
On Saturday, Mayor of Washington DC Muriel Bowser announced the first presumptive positive coronavirus case in DC.
A woman who died lived at Issaquah Nursing and Rehabilitation and died at a Seattle-area hospital on Sunday, county health officails said.
That approach has also been discussed, but not yet implemented, in Seattle and King County.
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