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A year ago today: Treating the first coronavirus patient in the US

Dr. Scott Lindquist, Washington state epidemiologist for communicable disease, spoke during a press conference about the first confirmed U.S. case of a virus known as the 2019 novel coronavirus at the state Public Health Laboratories on January 21, 2020 in Shoreline, Washington. The patient diagnosed with the virus, also known as the Wuhan coronavirus, recovered isolation at a hospital in Everett, Washington. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)

Dr. George Diaz is an infectious disease specialist with Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett. He treated the very first confirmed coronavirus patient in the United States, isolating him with the hospital’s strictest Ebola precautions and using a robot for examinations.

Exactly a year later, he joins KIRO Radio’s Dave Ross and reporter Aaron Granillo on the “COVID-19: Seattle” podcast to reflect on those earliest days of the pandemic, and make predictions for the year ahead.

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