Washington state officials announced earlier that a covid-19 death had occurred in King County, near Seattle.
Washington state and King County health officials told the AP, "new people (have been) identified with the infection, one of whom died".
As GoLocal reported earlier on Saturday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is aware of four new presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 announced by state public health authorities who are now conducting investigations.
Washington state health officials announced two new coronavirus cases Friday night, including a high school student who attends Jackson High School in Everett, said Dr. Chris Spitters of the Snohomish County Health District.
Washington state officials said Friday that a high school student in Snohomish County, near Seattle, had the virus. "We really believe now that the risk is increasing".
The four new cases announced Friday bring the total number of covid-19 cases detected through the US public health system to 19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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A handful of other cases have been detected in the United States through the USA public health system. The patient had not recently traveled.
But the Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first cases of the novel virus in the U.S. days later.
A fourth presumptive positive was also announced in Washington state on Friday, but that one is "likely travel-related", the CDC said.
The state's governor Gavin Newsom said on Thursday 33 people had tested positive for the virus, and five of them had left California.
Federal officials think the coronavirus is spread only through "close contact, being within 6 feet of somebody for what they're calling a prolonged period of time", said Dr. James Watt, interim state epidemiologist at the California Department of Public Health.
Worldwide there are about 83,000 COVID-19 cases and have been 2,800 deaths, many of which have been in China. An additional case was confirmed in Washington state on Friday, with the patient having recently traveled to South Korea, where more than 3,000 people are now confirmed to have the virus. The death rate of this new coronavirus could also be lower than it appears if mild cases are not being reported. The passengers, including some who tested positive for the virus and underwent hospital care, had been staying at Travis Air Force Base in Northern California.
There is a woman at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento who has the first known case of community spread in the United States.