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Mild, asymptomatic or otherwise unrecognized infections may have driven the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus in the outbreak’s earliest days, according to modeling published Monday in the journal Science.
The research, based on reported cases in China and travel data, estimated that 86% of coronavirus infections in the country were “undocumented” in the weeks before officials instituted stringent quarantines.
Undocumented infections, according to the researchers, can go unrecognized because they come with mild or no symptoms, and that “can expose a far greater portion of the population to virus than would otherwise occur.”
These undetected cases, which are often less severe, were estimated to be about half as contagious as confirmed cases. But because undetected cases were more common, they could have played an outsize role in spreading the virus, the study said.
About 4 in 5 people confirmed to have coronavirus, for example, were likely infected by people who didn’t know they had it, according to the modeling.
“These findings explain the rapid geographic spread of [coronavirus] and indicate containment of this virus will be particularly challenging,” the researchers wrote.
The study, they later added, suggests that “a radical increase in the identification and isolation of currently undocumented infections would be needed to fully control [the virus].”
Australia institutes restrictions, more testing
2nd member of Congress tests positive
MN company may have instant home virus test kit available next week.
Researchers tested an entire Italian town and stopped the outbreak there. Asymptomatic cases were key to transmission.
Member of Congress tests positive
GM may use factories to make ventilators under emergency order
US National Guard brings 500,000 nasal swabs from Italy to US Fed Ex hub. Fed Ex moves to areas in need.
Virus case at Rikers Island
Missouri has 1st death. Person was sick at home. Paramedics in quarantine
99% of virus deaths in Italy had one or more serious health problem of 3 cited. Heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. A study estimated 100,000 infected in Italy, putting their death rate in line with China’s.
Huge concert held in UK last weekend shocks world fighting pandemic
FL hired 100 disease detectives in a weekend
Hokkaido eases state of emergency
2 new deaths, 197 registered cases in GA
Simon Properties closes all US malls.
2nd case of community spread in Omaha, triggering more restrictions
46 new cases in LA for a total of 190 recorded cases
Yolo county CA orders shelter in place.
3 more test positive at Elk Grove, CA nursing home, first case died.
Sick health care workers, working at multiple nursing homes in Seattle caused the cluster of outbreaks at those facilities.
598 Positive #COVID19 Cases in CA:
24 Federal Repatriation Flight Cases
574 Cases not related to those flights
• 91 Travel Associated
• 88 Person-to-person
• 142 Community Acquired
• 253 Under Investigation
13 deaths: 12 CA residents, 1 non-CA
North Sacramento region told to stay home
Seattle deaths; 50 year old woman, and a UW pathologist both died today.
UK closes schools except for children of key workers
Greece locks down migrant camps, fears outbreak
US census suspends field operations til April
Senate passes first emergency response bill
Michigan records first death, has 80 known cases
US cases 7038 amid testing stall
Jordan cuts off travel between regions in country.
Study finds nearly half of virus patients had GI issues as their chief complaint. A small subset never had respiratory issues.
Homeless person in Bay Area dies of virus. The number of homeless people in places like San Francisco has authorities alarmed about the crisis of the virus spreading.
Feds tell hospitals to stop elective procedures
Younger age groups are showing up with serious cases of the virus in the US.
South Dakota can no longer run tests after running out of supplies. Local hospitals develop own capability.
Omaha bans gatherings of more than 10 people.
Big 3 auto makers closing
CA obtains hotels, defunct hospitals to make space for patients
CA governor activates national guard, says school won’t resume this school year.
USPS issues statement about package risk, international delays, assures mail delivery
How to stay safe-er at the grocery store
Mortgage lenders in US consider pausing all loans
More than 24 health workers in WA state test positive
US officials expect pandemic to last 18 months, come in waves
Dow crashes again
Omaha doctor contracts virus, may have exposed patients and staff
Virus case in North Platte, NE. Person was on a cruise then in California before returning home.
SCMP closes offices, works from home after freelancer tests positive
China starts trial on 9 different virus vaccines in April
Australia declares emergency, imposes restrictions
What it would take to ramp up ventilator production 5 fold
Crew on Diamond Princess caused virus spread among crew members through work in the crew kitchen.
US state by state quarantine laws, laws against knowingly infecting others and related penalties
Italian man hid virus symptoms to get nose job, exposing surgery team. Now facing 15 years in prison
Santa Clara county CA announces 5th death, a 50 year old man who was hospitalized on March 9.
NYC Mayor says shelter in place decision in next 48 hours.
China reported just one new domestic infection on Tuesday – but 20 more from people arriving from abroad
The death toll in Britain rose to 71 and we were told the actual number of cases could be as high as 55,000
After weeks of Elon Musk mocking the severity of the outbreak and refusing to close CA Tesla factory, the Alameda sheriffs department declares it a non essential business and orders the factory shut down.
Kansas closes all schools for rest of school year
Chicago Midway airport stops traffic after air controller tests positive
Senegal researchers working on 10 minute self administered virus test that would cost $1 each to produce.
Military giving HHS 2000 ventilators
Disease plays out differently in children and may make them more contagious.
Target joins other stores in limiting hours, offering more delivery services and special at risk shopping hours.
Monterey and San Benito counties in CA go into shelter in place
Pentagon prepares to ready Navy hospital ships to support coronavirus response
Danbury CT hospital down 200 nurses. Can’t get tested after virus exposure.
Church of England suspends services
US Military may deploy MASH units to deal with virus surge.
Type A blood type may be more susceptible to virus
EU 30 day ban on non essential travel
SC restricts bars, restaurants
FL closes bars and night clubs. Restricts restaurants and beaches
NC limits bars and restaurants
Europe hopes to have vaccine available to world by fall
National Guard deployed in 22 states
US military gives HHS 5 million N95 masks to distribute to health care workers
100 people have died in the US.
Spain distributes 1 million masks to public
4 more NBA players test positive
Largest mall in CA closes after store clerk tests positive
NJ orders all shopping malls to close.
MN restricts who can be tested amid supply shortages.
SD closes schools another week
Omaha announces 3 new cases in younger subjects. List of businesses they went to
Iowa bans most public gathering businesses, limits gatherings to 10 people.
Feds send field hospital to Seattle
Seattle Children’s Hospital takes in young adult patients, pediatric patients from other hospitals to prepare for influx of virus patients hitting area hospitals
Japan Olympics official has virus, likely caught it in the US
Los Angeles has 50 new cases today. County bans any sort of evictions.
Your local mall might be open, but most of the stores are closed.
Courts in Sacramento close
Can you catch the virus from a package?
Sacramento church may be cause of outbreak cluster
Japanese anti flu drug effective at fighting virus
Italy has 30,000 cases
Social distancing may need to happen for over a year
32 cases in Maine
Cities worry about homeless populations amid outbreak
Indiana has 2nd death, 30 cases
Chicago hospital doctor tests positive
MN has 60 known cases, most are in Mpls.
T Mobile closes 80% of retail stores
Medicare expands telehealth coverage to keep seniors at home.
Man tests positive, refuses to quarantine. Now sheriffs deputies are making sure he doesn’t leave his house.
Dr. Deborah Birx, who is coordinating the administration’s response to the coronavirus, emphasized that Americans without pressing medical issues should not be seeking care right now.
US considering distributing checks to most of the population to cover losses and costs of the outbreak.
NYC mayor considering shelter in place order
Brooklyn will stop prosecuting low level offenses
Uber suspends group rides in US and Canada
Maryland turns car inspection drive thru sites in to virus testing sites.
US has 5010 known cases, 97 deaths
US states can now authorize their own virus tests, don’t have to go through FDA
Miami closes all non essential businesses
Second Sacramento nursing home patient contracts virus after first case there dies.
Sacramento substitute teacher dies of virus
CA virus bill has sweeping response and public support funding
US gym chains Lifetime Fitness and LA Fitness close all locations
Ohio closes all polling locations
Infected person confirmed in Japan 814
dead 28 people
As of 3/16 22:00
Excluding cruise ships. According to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare
2 more deaths Santa Clara county CA.
Asia tries to keep hard fought for gains against the outbreak.
There may be 5-10 undetected cases for every 1 known case. Those undetected cases are less virulent but account for 80% of the virus transmission to other people.
Malaysia imposes national restrictions
Oregon hospitals join forces to try to ride out pandemic
Johns Hopkins March 16
81.0k 44.7% China
100.3k 55.3% not-China
VA hospitals removes mention of treating civilians in time of crisis from website.
18 new deaths in the US for a total of 85
Kentucky closes bars, restricts restaurants, closes day care centers, ends elective surgeries.
McDonalds restaurants in the US will go to drive thru and take out only.
Georgia, NYC close all schools
Seattle mayor releases $5 million in food aid
Social Security offices will close in-person services starting Tuesday
Details about the Bay Area shelter in place order and how it works
12 things to know today about the virus from The Hill
Some new release movies move to streaming
Detroit area list of public places people may have been exposed at highlights public risk factors
FAA oversight office in Chicago closed after worker tests positive
Amazon hiring 100,000 warehouse workers to deal with delivery crunch
Minneapolis and St. Paul bar restaurants and bars to delivery, take out and drive thru only.
Guidance for people who think they have this is to be well for 7 days and fever free for 3 days before coming in contact with others again. This was mentioned as MN has a testing crunch.
MN has more proof of community transmission including in rural areas.
UK fails to enact restrictions raising concerns this will cause a severe outbreak.
Alibaba owner Jack Ma’s foundation gives US 1 million protective masks, virus test kits. Does same for other countries in outbreak crisis.
IL has over 100 cases
Germany closes all non essential businesses
Italy death toll over 2000 Lombardy region sees a decrease in cases.
Washington state, Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico go into full shutdown. Only essential needs or businesses are exempt.
Trump tells governors they are on their own in finding enough respirators
France bans all family and social gatherings
France closes borders also, Russia
Fauci: “this isn’t an overreaction”
White House officials are asking Americans should avoid gathering in groups of more than 10, urging them to stay away from bars restaurants and food courts and asking them to not travel if possible.
Yesterday the CDC urged all gatherings over 50 people be canceled.
Turkey closes cafes and gyms
Kroger gives $3 million to food banks
Spain closes land borders
US Veterans Administration has 60 virus cases throughout the US. 1 death in Portland at their VA hospital
Hungary closes borders
3000 new cases in Italy in last 24 hours
Some Olympic qualification events suspended
Pentagon puts top 2 leaders in a “bubble” of no contact to assure continuity of government
Ohio delays primary to June
San Francisco bay area orders shelter in place starting midnight Monday. Only going out for essential needs will be allowed.
Canada closes border to foreigners
Ohio closes most non essential businesses
Worldwide deaths over 6500, 70 in the US
Numbers from Johns Hopkins tonight:
Canada planning direct assistance to citizens
Mexico expects to see community spread in 15 days. Cases all over the country
Vaccine trial starts in Seattle Monday
Starbucks goes to-go only for 2 weeks in US and Canada
NYC mayor orders all hospitals in city to cancel elective surgeries
Lebanon 2 week lockdown
Oklahoma declares state of emergency as 8 cases emerge.
Czech Republic closes all businesses except essential services
Pence says curfews and restaurant closures/rules coming Monday
MN has 3 cases of community transmission, Seward Co-op closed after employee tests positive
US factories change production to try to keep up with demand for essential items.
New Zealand holds cruise ship off shore with virus patient on board
NYC closes schools, may be closed for rest of school year.
Mass orders no gatherings over 25 people, reduced capacity at bars, restaurant, all schools close
CA orders all people over 65 to stay home, bars must close, restaurants should reduce capacity by half or offer delivery/pick up only
US Fed cuts interest rate to zero
More US retail closes or scales back
29 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Illinois, state total up to 93
All bars, restaurants to close to dine-in customers in Illinois through March 30 due to COVID-19 concerns
Virginia has 45 confirmed cases of coronavirus as of Sunday morning
The D.C. Housing Authority said it is suspending eviction proceedings until further notice.
Baltimore reports first case of community transmission
George Washington University Hospital suspends elective surgery
New restrictions on clubs, bars and restaurants in DC area.
Another cruise ship with virus infected passenger (who left ship March 8) allowed to dock in Miami. Everyone allowed off without any testing.
Canada suspends cruise-ship tourism, which could shut down Seattle-to-Alaska cruise season until July
Fauci open to a 14-day ‘national shutdown’ to stem virus
TSA officer based in Orlando tests positive for coronavirus
61 people in the US have died.
Colombia will block entry for all non-residents to stop coronavirus spread
Italy records deadliest day with 368 new coronavirus fatalities
The world’s largest luxury company, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, said it would redirect some of its factories that produce fragrances to make hand sanitizer instead.
Interim numbers today from Johns Hopkins show outside China now surpasses total infections in China. These are not the complete numbers for today.
March 15, confirmed covid-19 cases:
Rural hospitals have limited staff, many have no ventilators or ICU equipment.
Japan has 63 new cases, highest 1 day increase
Kazakhstan declares emergency due to coronavirus
French doctors warn against using anti inflammatory drugs including over the counter medications like ibuprofen if you have the virus.
Ohio may close all bars and restaurants
Iowa has first case of community spread
MN has 35 virus cases
MN closes all schools for 8 days. Will provide child care via schools for health care workers, first responders. State warns closures could go longer.
Oregon first virus death at Portland VA hospital
53 cases in LA, evidence of community spread
Two UCSF health care workers get virus
40 deaths, 642 cases in WA state
Seattle: Boeing Field, two Eastside properties to be used for housing homeless people during coronavirus pandemic
Fake home virus testing kits seized by US customs
Health experts are expecting the peak of the outbreak in the US to be late April into May. This may make precautions a long term issue.
Ohio warns schools may be closed for rest of the year.
NY governor urges feds to use Army Corps of Engineers to build field hospitals from college dorms
Two emergency room doctors, one in WA, one in NJ have contracted the virus
In the Omaha, Neb., area, officials reported the first known instance of community spread. In Illinois, a nursing facility where a woman tested positive for the virus was placed on lockdown. And in Pittsburgh, where the first local cases were announced on Saturday, city leaders urged bars to promote social distancing by limiting the number of people they allowed inside.
Hong Kong said arrivals from the U.S. would face home quarantine.
Taiwan has 6 new cases, all imported from other countries. A 14 day quarantine for anyone arriving to Taiwan has been enacted.
New screening at international airports causes massive bottlenecks and people to be crammed shoulder to shoulder for up to 3 hours.
MedPageToday explains why the US is under estimating the outbreak
Confirmed cases, March 14 from Johns Hopkins webpage
81.0k 51.9% China
75.1k 48.1% not-China
Wife of Spain’s prime minister diagnosed with coronavirus
- Officials announce New York’s first two deaths linked to the coronavirus.
- Medical professionals plan for a surge in coronavirus cases.
- The number of confirmed cases in New York is now over 600.
- Hoboken, N.J., closes all gyms, movie theaters and day care centers.
- The Archdiocese of New York cancels public masses.
- Prisons will temporarily ban visitors.
- New York City movie theaters begin to close.
Yolo County CA Food Bank to begin home-delivery service amid coronavirus emergency
Student at Stanford tests positive
How to do social distancing right
Italy announces 175 deaths and 2,795 cases in one day from coronavirus
France to close all non essential public businesses
Seattle mayor to halt residential evictions due to coronavirus
Bahamas won’t permit cruise ship to dock due to coronavirus
The Bahamas is not allowing the MS Braemar cruise ship, which has five coronavirus cases on board, to dock.
“The Ministry of Transport and local government reiterates that the MS Braemar cruise ship will not be permitted to dock at any port in the Bahamas and no persons will be permitted to disembark the vessel … the government of the Bahamas will provide the Braemar with humanitarian assistance,” a statement from the Bahamas Ministry of Transport said.
There are at least 2,548 cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States, according to the state and local health agencies, governments and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A total of 50 people have died as of Saturday afternoon. According to the CDC, there are 70 cases from repatriated citizens. According to CNN Health’s tally of US cases that are detected and tested in the United States through public health systems, there are 2,548 cases in 49 states, the District of Columbia and US territories.
North Carolina closing schools for at least 2 weeks
South Korea sees more recoveries than infections for first time
Patagonia closed all of their stores and website in response to virus.
Germany thinks they have a vaccine they could mass produce
Canadian company says they made major breakthrough towards vaccine
Travelers to US from outbreak regions say they are not being screened at entry
Worst case models show horrible outcome if interventions not used.
Outbreak could challenge food distribution systems.
National Guard activated in 6 states
14 cases in Omaha, NE. Child of family with California travel history joins 5 already infected family members.
250 die in one day in Italy due to the virus. More cases are now being reported daily in Europe than they were at the height of the outbreak in China.
Canadian Parliament Suspended til April
U of Wi- Madison closes veterinary facility due to positive case
Google is developing a website to diagnose people who need virus testing and direct them to a drive through testing facility.
Dems have agreement with Trump on emergency response funding bill
NY schools still open but few attend
NJ has 50 cases
All WI schools closed
Sacramento region schools close
Johns Hopkins, March 13, Number Confirmed Covid-19
80.9k 59.9% China
56.5k 41.1% not-China
56.5k March 13
29.1k March 8
56.5/29.1 = 1.94 times increase in 5 days, a bit below double in 5 days
Illinois closes all schools
NE could close schools for 6-8 weeks if they confirm community spread.
MN enacts restrictions to control virus spread
Washington state makes school closures, crowd bans state wide
2033 confirmed cases in US
Manila put into lockdown
Olympic torch relay suspended
IOC to let WHO decide on Olympics decision
How to make DIY sanitizing wipes: Use a bleach solution of 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water or 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water. Follow the instructions for DIY cleaning wipes only use the bleach solution instead of the soap and water solution used for cleaning wipes.
6 children in Wuhan had virus in early January
Georgia has 42 cases
Federal government to partner with private sector to open drive through testing sites that do not require a doctor referral.
Los Angeles has more cases of community spread
Los Angeles closes all schools
Smoking or vaping increase the risk of developing the life threatening complications of the virus
San Francisco closing some schools as 7 students test positive
Seattle seems to be closing everything
Seattle hospitals already feeling the strain
This chart from the Seattle Times shows why limiting contact is so important
House party in Seattle caused a virus cluster, they couldn’t get tested.
Trump to hold 3pm press conference, expected to declare national emergency
6 lane drive through testing opened in Westchester county, location of NY cluster.
MN and SD have increasing cases but so far all appear to be travel related.
Mutual of Omaha closes headquarters after employee tests positive
6 US states close all schools
Belgium closed schools and the UK has required no restrictions at all currently.
70,000 people in 4 towns in Spain under government lockdown
Italy death toll over 1000
Justin Trudeau in isolation, wife tests positive
Australian official that met with Barr and Ivanka tests positive
US HHS is supplying funding and a hotline to try to facilitate more and faster testing
Omaha area schools cancel classes
Kansas has first death, US death toll 41
Virus cases in a refugee camp in Iraq
Mormon church suspends all gatherings
A small town is at the center of Kentucky’s virus outbreak
7,869 Korea South
Source – Johns Hopkins
41 deaths US.
Biotech company using cows to make an antibody treatment against virus
NYC closes all cultural institutions
Senate cancels recess to deal with crisis
Sacramento, 6 new cases
San Jose, 4 firefighters test positive. 10% of fire department on leave.
California advises against small gatherings
Some Starbucks stores go drive-thru only, or limit in store customers. Some locations may close if local outbreaks become severe.
A Seattle lab discovered the outbreak by defying the federal government
A review of the available data shows the virus can live on many surfaces for 9 days at average temperatures
Most cases spread before people realize they are sick, prompting more need to avoid unnecessary contact with others.
Brazilian official who met with Trump Saturday at Mar A Lago tests positive
Iran mass burial pits seen from space.
South Africa reports first case of local transmission
Princess Cruises announced today it will voluntarily pause global operations for its 18 cruise ships for two months. The company said it will offer guests the opportunity “to transfer 100% of the money paid for their cancelled cruise” to a future cruise. Earlier today, Viking Cruises announced it is temporarily suspending cruise operations until May.
Stock trading paused for 15 minutes
White House suspends public tours
Public access to the Capitol Complex has been suspended
Trump may sign a disaster declaration today
Czech government declares state of emergency over coronavirus
Florida’s Miami-Dade County suspends all mass gatherings
Italian woman stuck in apartment with husband’s corpse due to quarantine, overloaded public services.
Attendee at a 23,000 person mining conference in Toronto tests positive. Authorities are trying to track down all of the people who attended from countries all over the world.
Hubei records only 8 new cases. The epicenter of the outbreak begins to loosen restrictions. The first case identified by doctors was in December. The outbreak is assumed to have started in November. A full blown outbreak began in January with a peak in February. China took massive interventions to stop the spread that so far, other countries have not considered.
Georgia has 31 cases
Homeless person tests positive, moved to quarantine hotel in Seattle
5 more cases in Omaha, family of woman with travel history
Sioux Falls begins canceling public events amid outbreak in SD
US bans air travel from Europe for 30 days
WH wants more US federal workers to telework
NBA cancels season after player in Utah has virus
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson test positive for virus, currently in Australia.
Italy is pressing criminal charges against people out in public without a valid need.
How Taiwan is beating the virus outbreak
Nebraska high school student in serious condition in Omaha biocontainment unit had no known contact with another virus case, attended numerous HS basketball tournaments. Now all of the related schools are closed and people are being contact traced.
Hotels in Monterey and San Mateo will be used as quarantine sites in CA.
Arizona declares emergency
Late night shows will go without audiences because of coronavirus
There are at least 1,162 cases of novel coronavirus in the US The US death toll is 37
NBC will suspend live audiences for morning shows.
Trump may propose national emergency tonight to free up coronavirus aid
White House has classified critical virus meetings since January, leaving many government health experts out of the loop.
10,000 cases in Italy
Labs running short of reagent needed to run tests.
3 new cases in SD for a total of 8
Outbreak in a call center in Seoul
More top members of Iran’s government contract virus
World Health Organisation declares coronavirus pandemic as cases soar worldwide
- Infections outside China have risen 13-fold, according to the WHO
- Officials caution countries to step up containment efforts to prevent Covid-19 from overburdening health care workers
National Institute of Health says US should cancel large gatherings. In a press briefing Tuesday night, Fauci suggested Americans should consider reconfiguring their lives more broadly in an effort to prevent new exposures to the coronavirus and the respiratory disease it causes, known as Covid-19.
“As a nation, we can’t be doing the kinds of things we were doing a few months ago,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re in a state that has no cases or one case — you have to start taking seriously what you can do now, if and when the infections will come. And they will come. Sorry to say, sad to say, they will.”
WA state bans gatherings of more than 250 people in Seattle metro
Seattle public schools close
SF bans large events
45 TSA agents on leave in CA after 3 test positive
U of MN and U of WI-Madison close campuses
2 more cases in MN for a total of 5
4th and 5th cases in Nebraska 1 travel, 1 unknown
5 total cases in South Dakota. 1 death in Rapid City. Cases now across the state in Rapid City, Mitchell and Sioux Falls. All appeared to be travel related.
CT declares emergency
Illinois has 8 new cases total of 19
First death in NJ, 69 year old with health issues
WI urges against any non essential travel as new cases appear to be tied to domestic travel.
Local TV reports 2 South Dakota cases are in Mitchell and appear to not be hospitalized.
2 positive cases in South Dakota. Travel related, state is contact tracing.
At a temperature of 68 degrees, SARS lasted:
—Less than 8 hours on latex
—2 to 8 hours on aluminum
—2 days on steel
—4 days on wood
—4 days on glass
—5 days on metal
—5 days on ceramics
—5 days on plastics (but one strain survived up to 9 days on plastic)
Those findings likely also apply to SARS-CoV-2, Rachel Graham, an epidemiologist at the University of North Carolina, told Business Insider.
In general, nonporous surfaces like doorknobs, desktops and airplane seat trays tend to transmit viruses better than porous surfaces such as paper money, human hair, rug pile and fabrics. The microscopic holes or spaces in porous surfaces can trap the microbes, preventing them from being transferred.
Seattle area public-health officials are “at the ready” to start ordering involuntary isolation and quarantines and are considering cancellation of major public events, with information coming soon, a top official said Monday.
Iceland to pay those in quarantine who can’t work from home
Also on Tuesday, Massachusetts reported 51 new cases of covid-19, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 92.
Colorado and North Carolina each declared a state of emergency in response to the coronavirus outbreak Tuesday, joining a growing number of states.
29 dead, 950 confirmed cases in US
Sanders cancels rally over virus outbreak. Biden also cancels rally.
Bloomberg foundation rolls out mayors network to provide information and resources to cities dealing with outbreaks to fill the gap left by the floundering federal response.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) on Tuesday announced schools and places of worship within a one-mile zone of the city of New Rochelle will close their doors for 14 days, and National Guard troops will help deliver food and disinfect common areas inside the zone.
2 new cases Indiana
Coronavirus exposure no longer means automatic 14-day isolation, Sacramento County says.
US pharmacy chain, CVS and CVS Target will fill refill prescriptions online, including the ability to pay through their phone app and have the medication mailed to your house. Walgreens also has a mail order option. Honeybee Health will transfer your prescription from any pharmacy, fill it and mail it to your house. Costco pharmacies also have a mail order option.
The US’s two largest medical testing labs, LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics both now have testing capability for the virus. Both urge people to not show up at their facility to be tested. Instead contact your medical provider to arrange for a safe sample collection that would then be sent directly to their labs. This should drastically expand testing capability for many people. Some US health insurance plans cover testing at one of these commercial labs at 100% with no copay.
The ship scheduled to launch Seattle’s cruising season is the site of a major outbreak, and the season itself is looking awfully cloudy.
Seattle-area health officials are “at the ready” to start ordering involuntary quarantines and are considering cancellation of major events, a top official said as she outlined the potential actions ahead.
United Nations closes New York headquarters to the general public
Ohio State University has suspended face-to-face instructions until at least March 30, the university said Monday, following reports of at least three cases of coronavirus in the state.
Morocco reported its first coronavirus-linked death Tuesday, as the virus continues to spread across the region. The patient was an 89-year-old woman who recently returned from Italy, Reuters reported. She died in Casablanca. All large gatherings were canceled.
Harvard College became the latest major university to move to remote classes on Tuesday, in an announcement that urged students not to return to campus after spring break.
Hospitals across the United States have already reported shortages of a crucial type of respirator mask.
New York State announced its first cases only a week ago. Now, with more than 140 confirmed cases, thousands find themselves under “self-isolation orders” — often with little guidance as to what that means.
Officials confirmed that the virus had reached every country in the European Union.
Japan’s death toll rose to 16 and total cases climbed above 1,200.
Canada recorded its first death, a resident at a British Columbia’s long-term care facility.
Serbia closed its borders for people from coronavirus-affected countries, Moldova banned foreigners from entering by plane from any country affected, and Denmark suspended all air traffic from virus hotspots.
Russia recommended on Tuesday that people avoid public transport, shopping malls and other public places at rush hour.
L.A. County has first coronavirus case from community spread.
Doctors in Wuhan say high blood pressure a major risk factor for serious illness and death. Starting ventilation and major medical intervention early in pneumonia cases key to survival.
Lebanon, Panama, Mongolia, Burkina Faso and northern Cyprus have all confirmed the first coronavirus cases in their territories.
Spanish authorities have said all schools in the capital, Madrid, will close for two weeks.
The US has so far reported at least 26 deaths and 605 confirmed infections.
Progress in South Korea, with authorities on Tuesday declaring 131 new infections, the lowest figure for a fortnight, taking the total to 7,513. Three more deaths took the country’s death toll to 54.
Chinese authorities said 19 new cases had been recorded in the previous 24 hours. Restrictions beyond Hubei province are now gradually easing, with people returning to work, and factories and some schools reopening.
The World Health Organization has said there is a “very real” threat of a pandemic, but its leader said the world was “not at the mercy” of the epidemic, which has infected more than 110,000 people and killed more than 4,000 so far. “The great advantage we have is the decisions we all make as governments, businesses, communities, families and individuals can influence the trajectory of this epidemic,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
Austria closes border to Italy, bans most large events. Czech Republic & Poland ban large events, CZ closes all schools.
Wuhan closed the last pop-up hospital
Iran: 881 new cases and 54 deaths in the past 24 hours. Confirmed cases are now at 8,042, with 291 dead. Iranian hospitals, using different criteria, report higher numbers.
Hospitals in Milan, short on respirators and beds are having to decide who gets medical help and who does not based on their odds of surviving
5 more cases in NJ, state institutes an emergency
In Wuhan, 12 of the 14 temporary hospitals dedicated to treating coronavirus patients have closed, with the remaining two due to shut on Tuesday.
In Adelaide, Australia, 10 News First is reporting that authorities have set up a coronavirus diagnosis drive-through.
Virus death in Santa Clara, CA
A man in his 80s has died from coronavirus at Bellevue’s Overlake Medical Center. He had been a resident at Kirkland’s Life Care Center.
Two residents at Columbia Lutheran Home care facility in Seattle’s Phinney Ridge neighborhood have tested positive for coronavirus.
Seattle: All Snohomish School District schools will be closed Tuesday after a district employee in the transportation department tested positive for coronavirus.
Incoming WH chief of staff in isolation after virus exposure
Northern Italy health care on brink of collapse
31 more residents of Seattle nursing home test positive.
People evacuating from the Grand Princess in Oakland, photo NY Times
200 North Korean soldiers die from virus while government claims country has no cases.
China records only 19 new cases, all in Wuhan.
US couple sues cruise line over Grand Princess outbreak failures the day they hit land.
Researchers found virus spread 4.5 meters on a bus full of people, raising questions about distancing measures. Said wearing a mask was reasonable as the virus could linger in the air.
First case in Louisiana
French culture minister infected
Wisconsin: New virus case, assumed to have caught it during domestic travel.
Disaster proclamation announced after 4 new COVID-19 confirmed in Chicago
Bay Area school closures: 5 San Francisco schools close due to coronavirus concerns
UC San Francisco sets up outdoor tents to prep for possible influx of coronavirus patients.
Photo SF Gate
Sacramento: Grammar school student in Elk Grove district tests positive for coronavirus. It appears two other members of the household have tested positive as well. That appears to be the most people yet in one household in the Sacramento area.
Trump campaign postpones bus tour as he plays down risks of coronavirus
NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS closing locker rooms amid virus scare
Near Seattle: Aegis Living at Marymoor confirms COVID-19 cases in resident, staff member. Resident from Josephine Caring Community in Stanwood tests presumptive positive for COVID-19
US military faces challenge to keep Pentagon functioning as coronavirus pandemic spreads
U.S. Army’s top commander in Europe and staff members may have been exposed to virus
Trump to headline gathering of Jewish Republicans this weekend despite virus spread President Trump is headlining a gathering of Jewish Republicans this weekend in Las Vegas, an event that organizers said is going ahead despite the spread of the coronavirus.
Rhode Island became the first state to promise workers unemployment insurance and temporary disability benefits if they need to stay home from jobs because of the new coronavirus, Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) announced Monday.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said one of the state’s two new coronavirus cases is linked to travel to Turkey, believed to be the first case that originated in that country, he said. The state’s other new case is linked to travel to Egypt and Thailand. Additionally, six more residents are under self-quarantine Monday after officials learned they had traveled on the same Egyptian cruise ship where three other residents had contracted the virus. Two of the six have symptoms of coronavirus, and all will be tested for it. These passengers traveled during a different time period than the three Maryland covid-19 patients diagnosed last week.
In a news conference Monday, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio recommended that New Yorkers that could work from home should. “For a business that can allow more employees to telecommute, we want you to do that,” he told reporters. “If you can do that, it’s a good thing to do.” De Blasio said that it was advice and not mandatory, but that the city government “has the option to move to mandates if we get to that point.”
Ohio announces first three cases of coronavirus. One couple was on a cruise on the Nile. The third patient attended the AIPAC conference in Washington, D.C.
In Kentucky, a patient who tested positive had worked at a Walmart in Cynthiana, near Lexington
Triage tents outside University of Utah hospital via NY Times
Grand Princess docked in Oakland via NY Times
How Hong Kong has managed the virus outbreak better than anywhere else.
Multiple members of Congress self isolating after contact with virus cases, multiple members had extended close contact with Trump.
Bay Area virus death, local woman with no travel history.
Atlanta closes all schools after infected teacher collapses in class. Teacher is now in the hospital.
Minnesota: A contact investigation has identified fewer than 20 people who had been close enough to a person in Carver County with COVID-19 to be at risk for infection.
Minneapolis based Fairview Health is rolling out drive through virus testing.
32.7k March 9
14.9k March 4
32.7/14.9 = 2.2 increase in 5 days
March 9 Confirmed covid-19 cases
80.7k 71.2% China
32.7k 28.8% not-China
Pine Ridge reservation (SD) bans official travel, tells public to stay away
More health insurers cover virus test 100%
Nebraska governor says virus could be a problem for 9-12 months
2 schools in Chicago close after staff or students contract virus
Sierra Colleges in Sacramento restrict campus access and transition to online learning
Seattle closes one homeless shelter for disinfection, another moves about half of clients to a city athletic facility to provide more space between people. Neither have a confirmed case to date.
Israel may require quarantine for all international arrivals.
Trump shakes hands with supporters in Orlando, flouting health experts’ advice
Germany reported its first two coronavirus deaths
Head of NY Port Authority tests positive
How Mass General is preparing for an outbreak
UW Seattle opens drive through virus testing
In Japan, the opening day for the professional baseball season has been postponed from March 20 as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, Reuters reports.
More than 111,000 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed worldwide with nearly 3,900 deaths as of March 9, according to Johns Hopkins University. The United States has more than 560 confirmed cases with 22 deaths.
Hundreds in DC told to quarantine after visiting local church
Iran announces 43 new deaths from coronavirus
4000 quarantined, 5 in hospital 33 confirmed cases in NY
3.9.2020^Portugal president self isolates
China reports zero locally transmitted coronavirus cases outside Hubei
‘Still in triage mode’: More residents, employees of Kirkland nursing home are hospitalized with coronavirus symptoms
Columbia University and Barnard College in New York canceled classes Monday and Tuesday and will shift to remote classes the rest of the week after a member of its community was quarantined as a result of exposure to the coronavirus.
1st case Shasta County CA (north of Sacramento) has travel history
The first three presumptive positive cases coronavirus reported in Iowa
Vietnam confirms nine new coronavirus cases. All new cases were on the same flight of Viet Nam Airlines with a previously confirmed patient who flew from the United Kingdom to Vietnam on March 2. They are all foreign nationals – seven from England, one from Mexico and one from Iceland aged between 58 and 74.
Qatar temporarily suspends entry from 14 additional countries over coronavirus
Two family members of previous coronavirus case in Nebraska have tested presumptive positive, raising state’s total to 3
Father of woman diagnosed with coronavirus attended school function against orders of health officials to isolate, official says
2nd case in Minneapolis suburbs, has travel history to Europe. Public health is contact tracing.
Sen. Ted Cruz self-quarantines after contact with CPAC attendee who has coronavirus
Case of community transmission, Long Island, NY
Canada will evacuate their passengers on Grand Princess.
German national on infected Nile cruise ship dies
The State Department advises that U.S. citizens, particularly those with medical conditions, should not take cruises.
Riverside County officials confirm 1st locally acquired case of coronavirus, urge people not to panic
Gov. Inslee says ‘mandatory measures’ under consideration to combat coronavirus in Washington
12 new cases of coronavirus confirmed in Washington state
Saudi Arabia to suspend schools starting Monday due to coronavirus
3 new cases of novel coronavirus in Ontario and Alberta, all travel related
Coronavirus deaths in Italy spike to 366. There has been a rise in coronavirus deaths in Italy, with 133 new fatalities announced Sunday.
Israel’s prime minister is considering mandatory self-quarantine for all entrants
Finland cancels military exercises with Norway
1st case in Memphis
Crew members on Florida cruise ship tested for coronavirus
Former CDC head says time to restrict visitors from nursing homes.
Grand Princess: According to a statement from the department, about 1,000 passengers who are California residents are to go to the Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, Calif., or the Miramar Naval Air Station in San Diego. Residents of other states will be taken to the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas or Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta, Ga.
US Army suspends any travel in or out of Italy or South Korea
Oregon doubles to 14 cases, declares emergency
US govt doctor, lockdowns are possible in the US.
Japan’s spring sumo tournament began today in an empty arena in Osaka. The sumo association decided to go forward without an audience, making for a surreal set of televised bouts.
How everything went wrong on the Diamond Princess
Kids in Wuhan discovered they could 1 start vote app used to assign them homework while schools were closed and have it kicked off the app store.
Roughly 5,861 coronavirus tests completed by CDC and public health labs. 400 have tested positive so far.
There are 72 state and local public health labs doing coronavirus testing around US
6 new cases of coronavirus confirmed in British Columbia Two of the new cases were passengers on the Grand Princess cruise ship from Feb 11 – 21, Adrian Dix, minister of health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer said in a press statement Saturday. Two other cases are residents of a long-term care facility in Vancouver.
70 Life Care Center employees show symptoms of coronavirus, spokesperson says. CDC provides additional medical staff to Life Care Center in Washington
Quarantined Egyptian cruise ship has 45 coronavirus cases
Greece reports 21 new cases of coronavirus
Netherlands confirms new coronavirus cases, bringing national total to 188
2 new coronavirus-related deaths reported in Spain
3 new cases in Atlanta, Georgia. 2 have travel history, 1 has unknown infection route
Hong Kong man dies in Japan, was on the Diamond Princess
Stanford moves all classes online
Cases in the United States grew to 312 as Amtrak canceled nonstop service between New York and Washington.
An employee of the F.B.I.’s San Francisco division tested positive, the first confirmed case at the bureau.
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