The COVID-19 Pandemic Continues to Spread
There are now more than 454,000 diagnosed cases of the new respiratory illness, known officially as COVID-19, spanning every continent except Antarctica, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.
With more than 61,000 diagnosed cases, the United States has the third-highest national total behind Italy and China. The virus has rapidly spread across every U.S. state as well as Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, killing at least 827 people.
Newsworthy Developments for March 25, 2020
- Prince Charles tests positive
- Italy's death toll reaches 7,503
- Senators and White House clinch deal on stimulus package
- U.S. death toll tops 800
- White House: Anyone who has left New York should self-quarantine.
- Trump expressed outrage at having to ‘close the country’ to slow the virus.
- New York’s case count is doubling every three days, says the governor.
- The country’s second-biggest state is not on lockdown.
- Stocks surge on promise of a bailout as companies and workers navigate the crisis.
- Slow U.S. response to the virus created missed opportunities to make ventilators.
- A teenager who died in California may be one of the youngest American victims.
COVID-19: U.S. at a Glance
Cases and Data
The following data comes from the most recent information published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Total cases: 54,453
- Total deaths: 737
- Jurisdictions reporting cases: 54 (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and US Virgin Islands)
Current Sources and Origins
- Travel-related: 584
- Close contact: 986
- Under investigation: 52,883
Stay At Home States and Social Distancing Rules
Based on CNN’s updated reporting, several states have ordered all nonessential businesses to close, but stopped short of issuing official stay-at-home orders:: Maryland, Nevada, Virginia and Kentucky.
Alaska issued 6-foot public social distancing guidelines Monday. Businesses that can't abide by that guideline are required to close by 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Adam Crum, the state's Department of Health and Social Services commissioner, also said recreational public gatherings of more than 10 people are banned until further notice.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment ordered 14-day quarantines for Kansans who traveled to California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Washington starting Monday.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott hasn't issued a statewide order but officials in cities such as Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and El Paso have issued "stay at home" orders.
Oklahoma issued a "Safer at Home" order that requires all vulnerable populations to stay at home until April 30. The order, effective March 25, restricts any gatherings of 10 or more people and closes all nonessential businesses in the 19 counties where coronavirus cases have been reported.
For real-time information on states with shelter-in-place or stay-at-home orders, refer to our map, which is updated daily.
Tips for Open Businesses
If your business remains open, please adhere to these hygiene and safety tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Practice Conscientious Hygiene
- Stop handshaking – use other noncontact methods of greeting
- Clean hands at the door and schedule regular hand washing reminders by email
- Create habits and reminders to avoid touching their faces and cover coughs and sneezes
- Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks, and handrails regularly Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning
Limit Physical Meetings and Travel
- Use videoconferencing for meetings when possible
- When not possible, hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces
- Consider adjusting or postponing large meetings or gatherings
- Assess the risks of business travel
Consider How You Handle Food
- Limit food sharing
- Strengthen health screening for cafeteria staff and their close contacts
- Ensure cafeteria staff and their close contacts practice strict hygiene
Prepare to Send Workers Home When
- They are feeling sick
- They have a sick family member in their home
We’re Here to Help
Oloop Technology Solutions is committed to the safety, health, and wellbeing of our workers, customers, and communities. We will continue to post regular updates. For further information and resources, we welcome you to check out our COVID-19 Resource Portal.