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The Daily BeastJan 22, 2020
Face Masks Fly off Shelves in Seattle After 1st Coronavirus Case
Jason Redman/GettySEATTLE—Drug stores here were running out of anti-viral masks by closing time Tuesday after health officials confirmed the first known case of Wuhan coronavirus in the United States, a man who remained hospitalized about 30 miles north in Everett.

At a Tuesday afternoon press conference, county, state, and federal public health officials emphasized that the risk of the pneumonia-like virus to the general public remains low. But they were working to identify and notify anyone who had been in contact with the man, who likely contracted the virus while traveling alone in China.

The patient, in his 30s, returned from his trip Jan. 15 and had no symptoms upon landing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Officials said he had been following news of the outbreak, though, and when he subsequently developed a suspicious cough and fever, he went to a Snohomish County clinic on Jan. 19 and told doctors about his travel history. Samples sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came back positive for the virus on Monday, prompting the patient's hospitalization in an isolation unit at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett. Officials confirmed the case the following morning, followed by the afternoon press conference.

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