Coronavirus Live Blog 3.20.2020

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Former CDC head explains what is next 

Emergency declared in Haiti after 2 cases discovered in hospital

MD national guard activated

Ohio evacuates 100 people from flood, worries about virus spread

UK considers universal basic income to get people through the outbreak

Italy claims 99% of deaths had underlying medical issues.

Nebraska governor criticizes lack of testing

MN considering shelter in place order

Some states open enrollment into state health insurance programs due to outbreak.

L.A. County gives up on containing COVID-19, tells doctors to skip testing of some patients

Yosemite closed 

Sac Bee calls lack of testing ridiculous

US national security agencies and the National Security Council have been warning the White House and Congress since January that the US was facing a pandemic.

CT, NJ, NV restrict non essential businesses

More than 250,000 cases have been confirmed across the globe. The World Health Organization noted that it took more than three months to reach 100,000 cases worldwide — but only 12 days to log the next 100,000. The number of deaths and confirmed cases continues to surge in Spain and Iran.

Italy announced another record-breaking death toll on Friday: 627, up from 427 the previous day. The country cited 9,600 people in one day for violating lockdown.

U of NE hospital using UV light to decontaminate hospital workers masks as supplies run out.

NYC hospitals already feeling the pain as virus patients crowd hospitals

Staff member in Pence’s office tests positive

IL goes into shelter in place lockdown for the entire state

Germany puts Bavaria into a California style lockdown
Death toll in Italy surpasses China. Chinese experts trying to help in Italy point out major flaws in public restrictions that still allow people to be out in restaurants etc. 
France calls up military to build field hospitals, hospitals running out of protective gear. 
2700 passengers from the Ruby Princess were allowed to disembark in Australia while virus tests were pending for sick passengers. Some tested positive. Now the government is frantically trying to find them all. 
Hospitals are making their own protective gear in desperation. Non medical staff are sewing cloth masks in offices. 
WA state bans funerals 
CA restricts non urgent health services, many nationwide close due to risks
Oregon hospitals will be out of protective gear in days, begs non hospital businesses to donate their supply.
Medtronic doubled ventilator production
Trump told governors to buy their own supplies, then went and outbid them
People in Japan with allergies or asthma being harasses by people fearing the virus
NY state sends everyone home except essential workers, this is similar to CA’s statewide lockdown.
French ignored warnings to not go out, now they need a permission slip to leave the house. 

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