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School district officials have closed Jackson High School for three days of cleaning after a student, who did not recently travel to any countries affected the COVID-19, coronavirus, tested positive for the virus. Photo: David Ryder/Getty Images

A patient in Washington state has died after contracting the novel coronavirus, state health officials told reporters in call with the CDC on Saturday.

The latest: Dr. Jeffrey Duchin, public health officer for Seattle and King County, said the deceased patient was "a man in his 50s who had underlying health conditions." State officials reported two new patients who are presumed to have contracted the coronavirus: a 70-year-old woman who is a resident of a long-term care facility and a 40-year-old female health care worker from the same facility with no known travel outside of the U.S.

  • The deceased patient was not associated with the Life Care Center of Kirkland that the other two newly announced cases are involved with, officials said

Why it matters: This marks the first virus-related death in the U.S. amid an outbreak that has exceeded 85,000 confirmed cases around the world.

What we know: There are now two additional presumptive positive coronavirus cases in Washington state, after state health officials identified on Friday a 50-year-old woman from King County and a person under the age of 18 in Snohomish County with no travel history who was infected by unknown means.

  • The two new patients announced on Saturday are currently hospitalized. The 70-year-old woman is in "serious condition," Duchin said, while the 40-year-old is in fair condition.
  • The 50-year-old woman had a travel history to Daegu, South Korea, and was under home isolation as of Friday, per state health officials.
  • The underage patient visited Seattle Children’s North Clinic on Monday, officials said, and the state health department is working to "ensure the safety of students and staff at Jackson High School, where this student attends."
  • Both patients identified on Friday were in home isolation, officials said.

What to watch: Duchin told reporters that there are more than 108 residents at the long-term care facility where the affected 70-year-old woman was staying, and 180 staff members. He said that approximately 25 staff members have exhibited symptoms including respiratory symptoms and pneumonia, while roughly 27 residents have done the same.

  • A CDC team will arrive at the facility on Saturday night to assess all staff and residents at the facility, he said.

The big picture: Four presumptive positive cases of the coronavirus were announced Friday evening across the western U.S., per the CDC. Three patients in California, Oregon and Washington state were infected by unknown means, the CDC said, while the fourth case was said to be likely travel related.

What they're saying: "Additional cases in the U.S. are likely, but healthy individuals should be able to fully recover and we think that will be a statement we can make with great surety now that we've gotten familiar with this problem. They should be able to recover should they contract the virus," Trump said at a White House press briefing on Saturday.

  • "There's no reason to panic, at all," he added.

This is a breaking story. Please check back for updates.

Go deeper... Coronavirus updates: CDC monitoring 4 presumptive positive cases in western U.S.

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U.S. and NATO answer Putin in writing while bracing for Ukraine invasion

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. Photo: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency via Getty

The U.S. and NATO provided Russia with written proposals on Wednesday to advance a "diplomatic path forward," even as they warned that Russia could invade Ukraine within days.

Why it matters: This is a delicate diplomatic balancing act. The U.S. and NATO want to show they're serious about diplomacy but unwilling to compromise on "core principles" — all without providing Vladimir Putin with an additional pretext for escalation.

The political leanings of the Supreme Court justices

Data: Martin-Quinn scores; Chart: Axios Visuals

The Supreme Court will continue to have a solid conservative majority even with Justice Stephen Breyer's retirement.

How to read the chart: An analysis by political scientists Andrew Martin and Kevin Quinn, known as the Martin-Quinn Score, places judges on an ideological spectrum. A lower score indicates a more liberal justice, whereas a higher score indicates a more conservative justice.

The front-runners for Biden's Supreme Court pick

Judge Kentaji Brown Jackson (left) and Justice Leondra Kruger (right) Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images and Lonnie Tague, US Department of Justice

Two highly accomplished Black female judges — Ketanji Brown Jackson, a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals; and Leondra Kruger, a justice on the California Supreme Court — are seen as the early front-runners to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

The big picture: Jackson is a powerful federal judge with a record that progressives feel they can trust. Kruger was a highly regarded litigator and has carved out a reputation for working well with conservative judges.