Washington Gov. Jay Inslee was expected to announce a ban on gatherings and events of more than 250 people in the Seattle metropolitan area as the state attempts to slow the spread of the virus that has killed 23 people there and at least 28 across the U.S.

The number of confirmed cases in the U.S. surpassed 1,030 as of early Wednesday, including the first reported cases in Michigan, where Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also declared a state of emergency.

The ban could force the Seattle Mariners to relocate their home games for at least some part of the upcoming Major League Baseball season.The Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer would also be impacted by such a ban.

There have been 267 confirmed cases in Washington state, with 19 deaths linked to one suburban Seattle nursing home. Authorities in King County believe the virus has spread to at least 10 long-term care facilities.



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