10 nursing homes in Washington state have coronavirus

The state's governor has closed schools, banned gatherings of more than 250 people and warned residents of violating the restrictions.
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In Washington state this evening, where at least 29 have died, the governor issuing a series of mandates. Images of families peering through windows to check on their loved ones. This resident visiting her son and daughter by phone. And in Oakland, California, passengers are still coming off that cruise ship. Taken to four sites in the U.S. Matt Gutman from California tonight. Reporter: Tonight, in the epicenter of the nation's coronavirus outbreak, the virus ferociously attacking the elderly. With Seattle silenced and families left to peer into nursing homes for a glimpse at family members or blow kisses from afar, news that ten nursing homes and care centers now report cases of the virus. The grim reality is that for the elderly, covid-19 is almost a perfect killing machine. Reporter: 22 of the state's 26 fatalities in the life care center alone. You can see workers from a disaster recovery teams in those hazmat suits entering the facility in an attempt to disinfect it. In the hopes of staving off more fatalities, Washington governor Jay inslee closing schools, banning groups of over 250, and warning those violating the bans. What are the penalties for not abiding by the ban? The penalties are, you might be killing your granddad if you Reporter: The governor saying the fatalities have mostly struck people who are both elderly and ill. And San Francisco taking similar measures, banning groups of over 1,000 from congregating. And in nearby San Jose at the airport, three TSA agents contracting the virus. 40 miles away in Oakland, the grand princess still dockside, offboarding passengers for the third consecutive day. Teams in hazmat suits processing them. So far more than half off the passengers taken off. But some say the process is too Nothing is happening again. Let's get back to Matt Gutman. We saw something that drove home why officials say we must slow the spread of the disease. What many call the need to flatten the curve. There's a line through the middle, you see the red. The forecast if we don't take protective measures, that spike above the line are the people who would not be able to get into hospitals around the country. The blue, this is spread out over time, it keeps the number at least somewhat more manageable for hospitals. That's why authorities are trying to buy some time with what they call social distancing. That means informing the public to try to stay away from crowds. Reporter: That's right. They don't have therapeutics and vaccinations. Instead, they're banning crowds, trying to avoid a lot of human contact. They don't want the public health care system to be overwhelmed. But we are already seeing a faint glimmer of that. The president today warning he foresees a shortage in protective masks for health care workers.

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