The coronavirus outbreak has surpassed 100,000 confirmed cases globally, and in the United States the hardest hit region thus far has been the state of Washington—more specifically King County and the Seattle metropolitan area.
As of this writing, there have been 70 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 14 deaths in Washington. Among the new confirmed cases is a vendor who worked at CenturyLink Field for the Seattle Dragons vs. Dallas Renegades XFL game on February 22nd.
King County released a statement on this particular case.
A part-time stadium employee at CenturyLink Field recently tested positive for COVID-19 novel coronavirus. Public Health has worked with the employee and the operator of the stadium, First and Goal, to evaluate potential exposures at the Feb. 22 Seattle Dragons game, and public health officials have determined that the risk of infection to attendees was low. Public Health is following up with a few co-workers with close contacts of the employee at the February 22nd game to provide guidance on appropriate precautions.
County officials advise that no extra precautions are required for those who attended the Feb. 22 game or who will attend upcoming events, but all King County residents should know that the risk for infection with COVID-19 is increasing in our community, should be aware of their symptoms, and call their health care provider if they develop a cough, fever, or other respiratory problems.
Officials also “determined that the risk of infection to attendees was low.”
Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders FC will play Saturday’s home game against the Columbus Crew as scheduled. The Dragons’ next home game is Sunday, March 15th against the Los Angeles Wildcats. A lot can happen from now until the 15th that could change those plans.
While major sporting events in Seattle will proceed for the time being, the University of Washington has moved its classes to online learning for the remainder of winter quarter, and Emerald City Comic Con has been postponed until the summer.
It goes without saying, please be cautious, take every measure you can possibly take and be as safe as you can be. This disease is no joke, it is deadly, and it continues to spread.