The first case of the coronavirus has been reported in Washington, D.C.

The case involving a male resident in his 50s was confirmed Saturday by Mayor Muriel Bowser, who said the man tested positive for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus.

“With his test yielding a presumptive positive, D.C. Health has started its investigation in keeping with CDC guidelines,” the mayor said during an early evening press conference. “This investigation includes contact tracing and providing guidance on next steps for care.”

Bowser said the man began exhibiting symptoms in late February and was hospitalized locally on March 5.

The case is considered to be the result of community spread because the man did not appear to have a history of international travel or any close contact with another confirmed case.

So far, 19 people in the U.S. have reportedly died from complications of the disease — all but three occurring in Washington state. More than 100,000 people worldwide have been infected with the virus, including over 3,400 deaths.

In Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency Thursday after announcing that three residents — a married couple in their 70s and another person in their 50s — had contracted the virus. The three were infected during an Egyptian cruise ship on the Nile River, though they were not traveling together.

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