Coronavirus updates: Death toll rises to 22 as cases top 500 in U.S

Coronavirus updates: Death toll rises to 22 as cases top 500 in U.S


Credit: Axios

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens and confirmed plus presumptive cases from the CDC.
Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China’s Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens and confirmed plus presumptive cases from the CDC.

The U.S. death toll from the novel coronavirus rose to 22 Sunday after Washington health officials confirmeda patient in Grant County had died. There are more than 500 cases in over 25 U.S. states, per data from Johns Hopkins and state health departments.

The big picture: Stock markets have been sliding as governments around the world scramble to contain the virus. COVID-19 has infected more than 110,000 people in over 100 countries and territories, mostly concentrated in mainland China, which has seen a slowdown of new infections this past week. The global death toll has risen to more than 3,800.

Last 48 hours
  • U.S. cases: 34 states had reported cases by Monday morning and at least eight have declared a state of emergency — including Washington, CaliforniaFloridaNew YorkOregonKentuckyMaryland and Utah.
  • Cruise ship: TheGrand Princess cruise ship, carrying more than 3,500 people including 21 who’ve tested positive for the virus, was due to dock in Oakland, California, on Monday.
  • Community spread warning: Several U.S. public health officials warned Sunday Americans can expect the novel coronavirus to spread in the community.
    • Those who are at greater risk — people over 60 and/or with underlying health conditions like heart, kidney or lung disease — should limit unnecessary travel and exposure to large public gatherings, the officals said.
  • Worst cases outside China: At 7,382, South Korea had seven more cases than Italy early Monday — which saw a surge over the weekend as much of the country’s north went into a lockdown affecting 16 million people, including in Milan and Venice.
  • Oil: Prices nosedived to four-year lows Sunday as trading resumed after Friday’s collapse of the OPEC-Russia production-limiting pact, a rupture slated to increase supplies at a time when the coronavirus is sapping demand.
  • Diagnostics: Public health labs have used CDC tests — manufactured by Integrated DNA Technologies (IDA) — on over 3,500 specimens from 1,583 patients, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn told reporters at an off-camera press briefing on Saturday, per the FDA’s briefing transcript.
    • The federal government doesn’t know how many individual Americans have been tested for the virus, Hahn told reporters, per Bloomberg. The CDC has shipped enough tests to cover 75,000 people, Hahn said.
    • There were “manufacturing problems with the CDC test,” Hahn said on Saturday — so the FDA and the CDC are using a third-party manufacturer, IDA, to create tests for state public health labs and commercial distribution to non-public health labs, including academic medical centers and community hospitals.
    • Health insurers and regulators are working to make sure coronavirus diagnostic tests are covered— but that doesn’t necessarily mean COVID-19 treatment will be affordable. Concerns linger on how the health care system can meet the demands of high-volume testing.
  • Conferences: The American Conservative Union learned one of its CPAC attendees tested positive on March 7. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) said Sunday they would stay home for 14 days after being exposed to someone at CPAC now confirmed with the virus.
    • The AFL-CIO presidential forum at which Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden were due to appear in Florida this week was canceled Saturday and the Milken Institute Global Conference was postponed, with plans to reschedule for July 7-10.
    • At least two AIPAC conference attendees from New York tested positive for the virus, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee announced Friday. National and state health authorities advise all conference attendees to follow CDC guidelines.
    • The South by Southwest convention in Austin, Texas, was canceled Friday due to concerns over the outbreak, as was health tech conference HIMSS and the Lunar Planetary Science Conference. Several others have been canceled or postponed.
  • Universities: Colleges and schools including Columbia University, the University of Washington and Stanford have canceled in-person classes for the semester. Students will continue their courses online.
  • Travel impact: Tourism and travel operators have had to reprice globally, as airlines, hotels and travel operators see major declines in bookings and revenue.
  • Business: Apple became the latest tech company to allow staff to work from home. It will continue to pay its hourly staff while full-time workers telecommute.
    • Gig economy: Sen. Mark Warner sent letters Friday to the CEOs of Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, GrubHub, Instacart and Postmates, urging them to set up health funds compensating drivers forced to cut back hours — and thus, earnings — out of coronavirus concerns.
  • Financial impact: Worries are growing that the outbreak could shrink global GDP and perhaps sink the U.S. dollar. Sequoia Capital issued a dire warning, calling the virus the “black swan of 2020.”
  • Social media: — A large part of the problem of the “infodemic,” as stories get shared designed to drive fear rather than build understanding about the illness, according to NewsWhip data

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