In early March 2020, it was discovered COVID-19 was infecting residents at Life Care Center nursing home in Kirkland, Washington. At the time, family members of residents were concerned for the safety and wellbeing of their loved ones, as it was reported seven residents had died from the virus. According to the county, now at least 37 people with ties to Life Care Center have died from COVID-19.
In response to the deaths and the lack of proper protocols, health investigators were called to the facility. They gave the facility 18 days to secure the location and take the proper precautions to mitigate the risk of the virus spreading. If the facility failed to do so, health investigators said they would pull federal aid.