One year ago, a King County man was the nation’s first known COVID-19 death

Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer, Public Health – Seattle & King County, addresses a news conference, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

One year ago this weekend, on Leap Day 2020, what was then the nation’s first known coronavirus death was announced here in the Puget Sound.

Seattle-King County Public Health stated that the death was a man in his 50s at EvergreenHealth Medical Center in Kirkland. Public Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin also noted a cluster of COVID-19 cases at Life Care Center in Kirkland, the greatest number of cases seen in one spot in Washington to that date.

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