There are currently two isolation rooms in the unit but plans are in place to add a further 10 if more cases are identified in the US.
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The American man who returned from a trip to Wuhan, China with symptoms of the deadly coronavirus is being treated by a robot doctor in a specialist pathogens unit.
The man in his thirties was admitted to the unit in a hospital in Everett, Washington State, on Monday.
Dr Diaz continued: “The wheels were greased enough that it wasn’t hard to get the process rolling to activate all the procedures that we had put in place.”
Speaking before the outbreak Susan Sjoberg, program manager for communicable disease epidemiology at the Spokane Regional Health District said: “Our hope is we’ll never have to use the unit.”