Photos from the heart of the first U.S. coronavirus outbreak
I’ve spent much of the last two weeks at the epicenter of the first coronavirus outbreak in the U.S.
Journalists, both local and national, have gathered outside of the Life Care Center of Kirkland nursing home.
They have witnessed family members knocking on the windows of their loved ones.
“It’s kind of tough but it’s the best we can do at this point,” said Charlie Campbell, who traveled from Silver City, New Mexico, to bring his mother Dorothy to see his father Gene through a pane of glass.
They have watched as residents were wheeled out of the long-term care facility into ambulances on stretcher, after stretcher, after stretcher.
And as community members like Tricia LaVoice arrived to show their support.
"Love really is a big part of healing," LaVoice said, as she tied blue ribbons and flowers to trees that she hoped the remaining residents would appreciate seeing from their windows.
As of this writing, on Friday, March 13, there have been 37 COVID-19 related deaths in Washington state. A number that will certainly rise. Below are some of the moments that I witnessed at the scene of the first coronavirus outbreak in the United States.