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Health officials in Washington state said on Saturday a coronavirus patient has died, marking the first death in the U.S. from COVID-19, the illness associated with the virus.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced a state of emergency in response to new cases of COVID-19, directing state agencies to use all resources necessary to prepare for and respond to the outbreak.

“This will allow us to get the resources we need,” Inslee said. “This is a time to take common-sense, proactive measures to ensure the health and safety of those who live in Washington state.”

The person who died was a man in his 50s who had underlying health conditions, health officials said.

There is “no evidence of link of travel” to how the man contracted coronavirus, said Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at a White House press conference.

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