March 3, 2020
U.S. health care providers and the agencies that regulate them and oversee public health concerns are scrambling to ensure pandemic readiness in the face of isolated incidents of novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) exposure in this country and a limited number of deaths. Although the vast majority of COVID-19 cases have been concentrated in China, a small number of patients in the U.S. have been confirmed with COVID-19, including a confirmed instance of person-to-person transmission of the virus within the U.S. Public health authorities are now acknowledging that the virus is actively spreading in some communities in the U.S. after four individuals thought to be exposed in one nursing home succumbed to the virus in Kirkland, Washington.

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