There are currently 16 coronavirus deaths in the US state of Washington, and 14 of those are associated with a nursing home in Kirkland, according to a Seattle & King County Public Health press release.
The Life Care Center is at the center the coronavirus outbreak in the United States.
Two new coronavirus deaths in the state are linked to the facility. A man in his 70s, who was a resident at the care home, died on March 2, while a woman in her 80s, who was also a Life Care resident, died on March 5, according to the press release.
Some Life Care Center patients have gone from no symptoms to acute symptoms within an hour, according to Tim Killian, spokesperson for Life Care Center of Kirkland.
"We've had patients die relatively quickly under those circumstances," he said.
Staff are caring for patients to the best of their ability but "we cannot make any promise that exposure, further exposure, within the facility is not happening," Killian said.
The virus is "volatile, unpredictable," he said.
There were 180 staff members employed at Life Care Center as of February 19 and 70 employees now have symptoms of novel coronavirus.
The Center of Disease Control has provided "extra nurses, practitioners and doctors," to the nursing home.