Museum of America in the Pandemic Year, 2020

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Saturday, February 29

Feb 29: The first death from the coronavirus happens in Washington State.  U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams echoes CDC guidance encouraging Americans not to buy face masks needed by medical professionals. “They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk,” he says on Twitter. Joe Biden wins the South Carolina Democratic Party presidential primary. *

Lynn, Adam. “First US Coronavirus Death Confirmed in Washington. State Health Officials Declare Emergency.” The Olympian, February 29, 2020.

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Inslee, Jay. “Proclamation by the Governor 20-05.” State of Washington, Office of the Governor, February 29, 2020.
US Office of Special Councel. “Bright-Whistleblower.Pdf,” February 29, 2020.
“Canada Must Take Immediate Steps to Prepare Itself for Potential COVID-19 Pandemic, Experts Say,” February 29, 2020.
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* Timeline summaries at the top of the page come from a variety of sources:, including The American Journal of Managed Care COVID-19 Timeline (, the Just Security Group at the NYU School of Law (, the “10 Things,” daily entries from The Week (, as well as a variety of newspapers and television programs.