The Pandemic Is Accelerating
There are at least 40,069 cases of novel coronavirus in the United States, according to CNN Health’s tally of U.S. cases. The study covers individuals who have tested positive for detection of the virus through US public health systems. At least 472 people have died. The total includes cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and all repatriated cases.
On a global scale, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned the coronavirus “pandemic is accelerating,” in a tweet on Monday.
“More than 300,000 cases of #COVID19 have now been reported to WHO, from almost every country in the world. The pandemic is accelerating. It took 67 days from the 1st reported case to reach the first 100K cases, 11 days for the second 100K & just 4 days for the third 100K”-@DrTedros
- U.S. lawmakers try again on a $1.8 trillion stimulus plan.
- The Fed says it will buy as much debt as it needs to cushion the blow for businesses.
- New York is now the center of the U.S. outbreak.
- More states order residents to stay home.
- Keep your distance, world leaders warn, or there will be consequences.
- The maker of an experimental drug says it will cut emergency access, as researchers race for a cure.
- India extends its lockdown to cover almost the entire nation of 1.3 billion.
More States Issue Stay at Home Orders
Governor Larry Hogan has issued an order closing all non-essential businesses throughout the state of Maryland in an effort to slow the spread of the Coronavirus. The order goes into effect Monday at 5 p.m. and lasts indefinitely.
His announcement comes after Governor John Carney issued a stay-at-home order in Delaware on Sunday. He also closed non-essential businesses throughout the state of Delaware.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also issued a shelter-in-place order for all Michigan residents in response to the COVID-19 on Monday.
The executive order asking people to stay home except for essential services will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. Under the order, people will be allowed to leave their homes under very limited circumstances. They also must adhere to social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
New Shelter in Place Protocols
As of Sunday, here's a look at the latest orders for people to stay home:
- Delaware Gov. John Carney ordered residents to stay at home and closed nonessential businesses in the state starting Tuesday at 8 a.m.
- Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear ordered 'nonessential' businesses to close
- Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards imposed a statewide stay-at-home order, effective 5 p.m. Monday.
- Ohio will impose a statewide stay-at-home mandate, effective 11:59 p.m. Monday, Gov. Mike DeWine announced.
- Philadelphia became the latest city to order its residents to stay home, a mandate that goes into effect at 8 a.m. Monday and exempts activities like buying groceries and medicine, seeking medical care and exercising.
- Missouri's two largest cities issued stay-at-home orders Saturday. St. Louis' mandate, which also applies to St. Louis County, begins Monday, and the one for Kansas City and its metro area goes into effect Tuesday.
- New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell directed residents to stay at home beginning Friday.
- San Miguel County, Colorado, is under a shelter-in-place order until April 3.
- Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, is under a shelter-in-place order until April 7.
- Blaine County, Idaho, is under a shelter-in-place order.
All States with Shelter in Place or Stay at Home Orders
- New Jersey
- New York
- West Virginia
World Health Organization Urges Against Untested Drugs
As researchers continue seeking treatment options for COVID-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned today against using “untested drugs” to treat patients. WHO also emphasized the need to curtail drug trials running inappropriately.
“Small, observational and non-randomized studies will not give us the answers we need. Using untested drugs without the right evidence could raise false hope and even do more harm than good and cause a shortage of essential drugs that are needed to treat other diseases,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a press briefing on Monday.
“That’s why WHO has launched the SOLIDARITY trial, to generate robust, high-quality evidence as fast as possible,” Tedros said. “The more countries sign up to the trial and other large studies, the faster we will get results on which drugs work and the more lives we will be able to save.”
California Data May Indicate Patterns in the Outbreak and Risks
The California Department of Public Health released data about the coronavirus spread, the age group of reported cases, and the origins of infection. Because California ranks among the states with the highest incidence rates, the figures could illustrate key facts about COVID-19 on a broader level.
Note: The following numbers reflect information received from local health jurisdictions as of 2 p.m. PDT March 21. More current numbers may be available from local health jurisdictions.
1,468 – Positive cases
27 – Deaths (including one non-California resident)
Ages of all confirmed positive cases: 1,468
- Age 0-17: 23 cases
- Age 18-64: 1066 cases
- Age 65+: 369 cases
- Unknown: 10 cases
Cases not related to repatriation flights: 1,444
- 113 – Travel-related
- 145 – Person to person
- 408 – Community transmission
- 778 – Under investigation
Boeing Suspends Production
Boeing announced that it will suspend production at its facilities in Washington state for two weeks beginning Wednesday, March 25. The area houses nearly half of Boeing’s employees and multiple production facilities. Boeing said that employees who can work remotely would do so. Those unable to will be paid for 10 working days.
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