Coronavirus Live Blog 3.21.2020

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Yesterday’s headlines from 3.20 can be found here


Asymptomatic cases in China cause challenges 
China starts vaccine clinical trial in Wuhan
Towns struggle to get residents and bars to use precautions
U of M researchers make a crude ventilator for $150 with off the shelf parts
WA state cluster caused by 60 person meeting. Now half of attendees have the virus.

Bankrupt Daly City CA hospital to work for the state to deal with influx of patients

Everett WA orders people to stay at home.

US sock and underwear companies will start making medical masks for hospitals next week.

UPS and other couriers are not taking precautions, forcing employees to come to work sick.

CNN answers all your questions about the virus

Anyone who arrives in Hawaii will be subject to a 14 day quarantine

Federal prison inmate in Brooklyn tests positive for virus

Apple donates 2 million masks to US and Europe

Here are the worst affected states:

  • New York — 10,356 cases, 53 deaths
  • Washington — 1,793 cases, 94 deaths
  • New Jersey — 1,327 cases, 16 deaths
  • California — 1,200 cases, 24 deaths
US death toll hits 300
Countries in central Asia go into lockdown as virus cases grow
Some east coast air traffic was stopped after an air traffic controller tested positive for the virus
Rural MN hospitals consider a former private prison for a makeshift hospital
Nurses at Kaiser in Oakland describe lax protocols and not enough protective gear as they care for virus cases from the Grand Princess
CDC guidance for use of washable cloth masks for health care workers. These same made at home type masks can be used by non health care workers to reduce your risk. 
Filtration capability of various fabrics for use in making cloth masks. 
Amazon will stop shipping non essentials in France and Italy 
New Jersey goes to shelter in placePuerto Rico has first death, an Italian woman removed from a cruise ship

Country of Georgia declares nationwide state of emergency

NYC and LA tell people to not bother getting tested unless it would change their treatment plan.

Maine has 70 cases

AMSTERDAM: Confirmed cases in the Netherlands, new 637 to a total of 3,631, 30 new deaths. The total death toll stands at 136, with victims aged between 63 and 95 years old.

US home improvement store caught price gouging for face masks in WI

45 minute virus test should be available to hospitals and clinics by the end of the month after FDA approval.

Companies around Europe retool to make ventilators and protective gear

Trump admin defunded USAID program that predicted emerging pandemic threats.

Poor Indian workers flee big cities as virus restrictions grow raising worries they will bring the virus home to their villages.

MN records first death, total of 138 cases

Vanderbilt hospital, Nashville. Parking Garage

NYU issues stark email to students asking them to clear out their dorm rooms to be used as a field hospital

Some virus restrictions eased in China

Hong Kong increases social restrictions as cases rise

Cuba bans entry of non residents

Los Angeles 3.21.2020, via KTLA

NY outbreak by the numbers

Japan’s virus cases increasing

US army to convert 10,000 dorm and hotel rooms in NY state into hospital wards with negative containment pressure to deal with the impending outbreak.

Colombia to hold 19-day “mandatory preventive isolation

Germany coronavirus cases increase by nearly 20% in 24 hours

Italian army joins ventilator company production line

Iran: 966 new coronavirus cases, total cases 20,610. Over the last 24 hours 123 people have died from the virus, raising the death toll to 1,556. 7,635 patients have recovered.

Ohio may shut down businesses that won’t take precautions

People around the world begin sewing surgical masks to meet demand for health care workers and the public.

Deaths in Portugal doubled to 12 in the past 24 hours. 260 new confirmed cases, taking the total to 1,280. Portugal declared a state of emergency Wednesday, scheduled to last 15 days.

Spain death toll jumps to 1,326

Angola records first two cases. Have travel history through Portugal, both are men in their 30’s.

Pakistan bans incoming international flights

France air force moves virus patients to other regions in France to ease crowding

30 cruise ships still at sea, some can’t find anywhere to dock.

Italian virus patient in Nigeria recovers, donates plasma. Doctors in Nigeria froze the plasma that they can use to treat other patients.


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