Coronavirus Live Blog 3.23.2020

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Yesterday’s headlines from 3.22 can be found here


CDC says virus lived on surfaces in cruise ship cabin for 17 days after passengers left.

total cases 349,768

total deaths 16,030

total recovered 96,665

San Diego closes all parks, beaches, trails

FL governor orders travelers from NY or NJ to self quarantine for 14 days

The National Guard in Arizona is trucking groceries to grocery stores.

New Mexico issues stay at home order

Pence asks FDA to approve DIY nasal swab collection for virus testing. 

Amazon teams up with Gates foundation to deliver test kits to homes in Seattle.

US had 100 deaths in 1 day, pushes total over 500

Seattle starts virus monitoring program with home test kits

Oregon orders stay at home, closes non essential businesses

SD confirms multiple instances of community spread in the state. First case in womens prison system, state urges significant business and public gathering restrictions.

Hiking trails in LA county closed due to crowding.

Army field hospitals will arrive in NYC in 3 days

Netherlands bans all public gatherings til June 1

Canada sees an increase of cases by 1/3 in a day 

Chicago sets up 5 quarantine hotels

Nigeria closes border 

WHO starts sweeping multi country clinical trials

3 doctors die in France

Zimbabwe closes borders, all non essential businesses.

13 year old girl dies of virus in Panama

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pause mortgages for property owners as long as they don’t evict tenants

US task force asks anesthesiologists to convert surgical equipment to use as ventilators.

KS bans gatherings of more than 10 people

SC bans gatherings of more than 3 people

UK goes full lockdown

South Dakota hospitals develop in house lab test for virus

Cuba sends doctors to Italy

Passengers from Diamond Princess were never required to be tested for the virus, raising concerns that asymptomatic cases were allowed to leave quarantine.

WI orders non essential businesses closed 

Omaha crafters mobilize to supply local hospital with fabric masks

Omaha non profit cranks out toilet paper to help with shortage

Google’s virus screening tool rolls out to more cities in California

Bay Area public health official has virus

29 Boeing factory workers have the virus, one died overnight. Boeing closed one of the Seattle area factories.

24 residents and 6 staff of another WA state nursing home have the virus, one patient has died.

Oregon closes all state parks after throngs of people show up

Virginia closes non essential businesses

NY governor orders hospitals to increase their bed capacity by 50%, 100% if they can.

NY state is testing 16000 people a day 

Oxford and a Chinese medical partner may have a 30 minute home virus test ready to produce and sell within 4 week. It would cost $25.

23 Italian doctors have died from the virus

US Surgeon General concerned vaping may be causing the unusual number of young people with serious illness from the virus in the US and Italy

Spain’s ICU cases decrease slightly, giving hope they may be making progress

19 states in India under complete lockdown. All domestic commercial flights are grounded.

Mass closes all non essential businesses.

photo The Guardian

MN YMCA locations open for child care for essential workers who have none with the schools closed.

How Italy failed to convince people the outbreak was serious.

The rush to roll out neglected telemedicine programs

Deaths in Canada double overnight, govt threatens financial or criminal punishment for people ignoring restrictions.

Thailand has 122 new cases

Australia has 1600 cases, denies port to a cruise ship

Hobbled IRS may need months to put cash into Americans’ hands

Dallas goes shelter in place.

Loss of sense of smell may be a sign of a COVID-19 case

graphic Reuters



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