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An employee with the U.S. Postal Service has tested positive for coronavirus in a suburb of Seattle, Washington.
The female employee, who works at a package-sorting facility, is recovering while the sorting facility is closed for cleaning, but her condition is not known. The infection comes in the same state that saw the first U.S. death from the virus, known as the COVID-19 virus, on Saturday.
The USPS said that the employee would not have directly handled packages or mail in her role, but she may have come been in contact with other employees who do. However, USPS also indicated that the King County Health Department said the chances of exposure to other employees was low.
“No mail is delivered from the facility,” USPS said in a statement. “It is sorted and transported to individual post offices, from which the parcels are delivered to customers.”
Officials in King County announced two more cases of the illness on Sunday. Both of the new patients are men in their 60s, with one in critical condition and the other in critical but stable condition. The Saturday death was a male in his 50s, according to officials.
Rhode Island confirmed its first case of the coronavirus on Sunday. The patient is reportedly a male in his 40s, who recently returned from Italy, where there has been a large outbreak. The White House issued travel warnings to avoid parts of Italy and South Korea on Saturday.
As fears of a global pandemic grow, the United States saw its biggest stock market decline in years, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeting last week.
There have been more than 87,400 cases of the coronavirus worldwide and almost 3,000 deaths, most of which are in China, where the virus originated.