Encouraging: Washington State – US coronavirus ground zero – sees curve start to level out

Perhaps providing a ray of hope with regard to the aggressive coronavirus pandemic sweeping the nation, University of Washington Virology Department tracking indicates that positive test results in the state may have peaked.

The state of Washington has been “ground zero” for coronavirus in the U.S., when in January the first confirmed case was seen in Seattle in a man returning home from Wuhan, China. A total of 83 deaths have been attributed to the virus in Washington to-date, among a total of 1,524 confirmed cases–both numbers the highest by far in the United States.

Reporter Trace Gallagher pointed out the encouraging development of a pause and slight downturn in positive coronavirus tests Friday during a segment on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

“You’ll recall the first case was in Washington State,” said Gallagher. “It also is where the death toll is highest. But the University of Washington virology department, which is closely tracking Washington state numbers, is now seeing the curve there flatten. So overall, US numbers are rising but the first state affected might be seeing a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel.”

Watch Trace Gallagher’s report on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” …


Video by Fox News

A screen capture of the UW graph can be seen here …

http://depts.washington.edu/labmed/covid19/
University of Washington Virology Lab, captured March 21, 2020

At a time when the total number of nationwide confirmed cases and number of deaths are escalating rapidly and darkening the skies, any silver lining can help keep spirits up.

Friday saw a large increase in U.S. cases as results from new supplies of coronavirus tests emerged. “Today we saw the big jump in numbers we’ve been expecting,” Gallagher said. “Administration health officials have said now for days, when the testing goes way up, the number of cases will follow suit and here it is.”

A graphic on the screen showed that cases in the U.S. now totaled 19,382 (up 5,593 from the day before), and deaths totaled 256 (up 49 over the previous day).

“The United States now has more than 19,000 COVID-19 cases,” said Gallagher. “That’s an increase of over 5500 from yesterday, easily the biggest single-day rise yet. And the U.S. now has 256 deaths. That’s up 49 from yesterday, which of course is devastating for families across the country. But if there’s a silver lining, it’s that the fatality rate is slowly ticking down.

“Last week, it was over 2.2% and right now 1.3%. So more people are testing positive but more people are surviving,” he said. “Of the 275,000 cases worldwide, almost 91,000 people so far have fully recovered.”

Numbers of coronavirus cases are on the upswing in all 50 states, but New York state is seeing the largest surge in confirmed test results. Friday morning, more than 2900 new cases were announced and President Trump quickly declared New York a major disaster area.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared his city the “epicenter of the outbreak” with 5,151 cases making up 1/3 of all U.S. cases, along with 29 deaths.

As of the morning of March 21, more than 11,400 people have died across the globe.

 

 

 

Victor Rantala

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Victor Rantala is an Army vet who lives in Minnesota, he is a former intelligence analyst and business owner, and is an NRA Life member who is officially retired but has yet to slow his roll.
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