La propagación de un coronavirus altamente contagioso ha tenido un amplio impacto global, incluso en los mercados financieros y las políticas de viajes del gobierno.
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Los principales asesores de la Casa Blanca predicen hasta 240,000 muertes en EE. UU. Por coronavirus
31 de marzo: Los miembros de la administración del presidente Donald Trump presentaron estimaciones terribles el martes para subrayar el impacto potencial de la pandemia de coronavirus en los Estados Unidos, una predicción sombría que dijeron fue el centro de la decisión del presidente de extender las estrictas pautas de distanciamiento social hasta fines de abril .
Funcionarios federales de salud pública dijeron que entre 100,000 y 240,000 podrían sucumbir al virus para fin de año – convirtiéndola en una de las peores crisis de salud pública del país – dijo Deborah Birx, la coordinadora de respuesta al coronavirus de la Casa Blanca.
Birx dijo que sin intervención, podrían haber muerto 2.2 millones.
Presentado al presidente durante el fin de semana, los datos explican por qué Trump retrocedió de una noción anterior de "reabrir" el país en Semana Santa, o potencialmente abrir partes de la nación que fueron menos afectadas, dijeron las autoridades. Trump anunció el domingo que extenderá las pautas de distanciamiento social hasta el 30 de abril.
Se insta a los estadounidenses en el extranjero a volver a casa
31 de marzo: El secretario de Estado Mike Pompeo está haciendo su consejo a los ciudadanos estadounidenses que aún están en el extranjero durante la crisis del coronavirus: "Los estadounidenses que deseen regresar a casa desde el extranjero deberían hacerlo de inmediato y hacer los arreglos para lograrlo", enfatizó durante una sesión informativa el martes.
Si bien Pompeo dijo que su equipo de repatriación sigue comprometido a llevar a todos los estadounidenses a casa, dijo que la ventana para hacerlo se está cerrando.
"No sabemos cuánto tiempo pueden continuar operando los vuelos comerciales en sus países", dijo, ya que las aerolíneas ya han reducido el servicio internacional. "No podemos garantizar la capacidad del gobierno de EE. UU. Para organizar vuelos chárter indefinidamente donde ya no existan opciones comerciales".
Mientras tanto, instó a los estadounidenses a registrarse con su embajada o consulado más cercano o hacerlo en línea a través de STEP, el Programa de Inscripción de Viajeros Inteligentes del Departamento de Estado.
Las pruebas de coronavirus en el hogar se detuvieron a pesar del progreso
31 de marzo: La Administración de Alimentos y Medicamentos de EE. UU. cerró abruptamente las ventas de kits de prueba de coronavirus en el hogar a principios de este mes pero algunas compañías dicen que no se han rendido.
La escasez de pruebas en general, junto con el deseo de los consumidores de tomar el control, hace que la idea sea intrigante y controvertida.
Los críticos dicen que las pruebas en el hogar pueden no ser confiables, retrasar el tratamiento necesario y absorber los escasos recursos. Los defensores dicen que los kits de prueba en el hogar podrían ahorrar dinero y recursos, y en un futuro cercano podrían desempeñar un papel fundamental en el seguimiento de COVID-19.
La FDA entró en acción el 20 de marzo cuando varias empresas nuevas comenzaron a vender o prepararse para vender kits en el hogar.
En un lenguaje fuerte, la agencia calificó los kits de prueba en el hogar como "fraudulentos".
Los federales lanzan una investigación de 4 legisladores que vendieron acciones
30 de marzo: Las autoridades federales están revisando Las ventas de acciones de cuatro legisladores justo antes de la caída del mercado provocada por el brote de coronavirus, dijo una persona familiarizada con el asunto el lunes.
Las declaraciones de divulgación financiera indicaron que el Sens. Richard Burr, R-N.C .; Jim Inhofe, republicano de Okla .; Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga .; y Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif .; sus cónyuges o asesores vendieron grandes cantidades de acciones en la época en que los legisladores recibieron sesiones informativas sobre la gravedad del coronavirus, que se ha cobrado más de 2,900 vidas en los EE. UU.
Los senadores negaron haber actuado mal, y Burr le pidió al Comité de Ética del Senado que revise sus transacciones que involucran hasta $ 1.6 millones. La investigación federal, que estaba en sus primeras etapas, fue reportada por primera vez por CNN.
El gobernador Ducey emite orden de quedarse en casa
30 de marzo: El gobernador Doug Ducey emitió el lunes una orden estatal de "quedarse en casa" para frenar la propagación del nuevo coronavirus, evitando que los residentes de Arizona abandonen sus residencias, excepto alimentos, medicinas y otras "actividades esenciales".
La directiva, que también permite hacer ejercicio al aire libre, entrará en vigencia al cierre del martes y se aplicará al menos hasta el 30 de abril.
"Ya las cosas se han cerrado en gran medida", dijo el líder republicano en una conferencia de prensa por la tarde, con la directora del Departamento de Servicios de Salud, la Dra. Cara Christ, a su lado. "Van a cerrar aún más".
Ducey indicó que no consideraba el mandato una orden de "refugio en el lugar", sin embargo, dijo que la frase está reservada para ataques nucleares o situaciones de tiradores activos.
"Nuestro objetivo aquí es proteger la vida de las personas que más amamos y garantizar que el sistema de atención médica tenga la capacidad de brindarles la atención y la comodidad que merecen", dijo. "Queremos que la gente se quede en casa".
Escuelas de Arizona cerraron por el resto del año escolar
30 de marzo: El gobernador Doug Ducey ha extendido el cierre de todas las escuelas de Arizona hasta el final de este año escolar.
En una declaración conjunta el lunes con la Superintendente de Instrucción Pública Kathy Hoffman, Ducey escribió que se tomó la decisión de alinearse con la orientación del gobierno federal.
"Estos esfuerzos son cruciales, y reconocemos que las escuelas están haciendo todo lo posible para continuar brindando instrucción durante los cierres", escribieron en el comunicado.
El viernes, Ducey firmó una legislación para permitir que los estudiantes terminen el año escolar desde casa.
El plan exige que las escuelas ofrezcan clases en un formato alternativo, presumiblemente en línea, para que los estudiantes puedan terminar el año escolar desde casa. También incluye disposiciones para garantizar que las personas de la tercera edad se gradúen de la escuela secundaria.
El gobernador Ducey tiene 2 p.m. conferencia de prensa
Los Juegos Olímpicos de verano comenzarán en julio de 2021
30 de marzo: Menos de una semana después de anunciar que los Juegos de Verano en Japón se pospondrían debido a la pandemia de coronavirus, los organizadores han decidido una nueva fecha de inicio del 23 de julio de 2021, según un portavoz del Comité Olímpico Internacional. La ceremonia de clausura se llevará a cabo el 8 de agosto. Los Juegos Olímpicos de Tokio se habían programado para comenzar casi exactamente un año antes, desde el 24 de julio hasta el 9 de agosto.
Los casos de coronavirus de Arizona ahora superan 1K, con 20 muertes
30 de marzo: Arizona casos de COVID-19, la enfermedad causada por el nuevo coronavirus, ahora son más de 1,000, con 20 muertes conocidas, se muestran nuevos números publicados por el Departamento de Servicios de Salud de Arizona el lunes.
El total de casos identificados en Arizona es de 1.157, según las últimas cifras estatales, y cada uno de los 15 condados del estado ahora registra al menos un caso.
Eso es un aumento de 238 casos confirmados, o 26%, desde el domingo.
Los nuevos casos de coronavirus de Arizona aumentan a 912; las muertes aumentan a 16
29 de Marzo: El número de casos nuevos de coronavirus identificados en Arizona aumentó a 912 el domingo – un aumento de aproximadamente el 17% respecto al día anterior, según datos publicados por el Departamento de Servicios de Salud de Arizona.
El número de muertes reportadas relacionadas con COVID-19 también aumentó en uno a un total de 16 el domingo.
Más de 2,000 pacientes con coronavirus han muerto en EE. UU.
28 de marzo: Solo un día después de que EE. UU. Superara los 100,000 casos confirmados de coronavirus, la nación fue testigo de otra sombría cifra: Más de 2,000 pacientes con COVID-19 han muerto.
Las pruebas continúan expandiéndose en todo el país, y Estados Unidos está viendo picos diarios en la cantidad de casos reportados. Se informaron cerca de 500 muertes relacionadas con el coronavirus el sábado, frente a las 1.544 muertes confirmadas 24 horas antes, según el panel de datos de la Universidad Johns Hopkins.
El número de muertos fue de 2.010 el sábado poco después de las 6 p.m. ET. Se espera que ese número aumente constantemente en los próximos días y semanas, y los funcionarios de salud dicen que el número de casos es probablemente mayor debido a la falta de pruebas. Según Johns Hopkins, se reportaron casi 18,000 casos nuevos el miércoles y el jueves.
Se han reportado más de 120,000 casos en los EE. UU.
Se han reportado casos en los 50 estados, el Distrito de Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam y las Islas Vírgenes de EE. UU. Nueva York ha reportado la mayor cantidad de muertes, seguido de Washington, Nueva York y Luisiana, según Johns Hopkins.
La FDA autoriza la prueba de coronavirus de 5 minutos del tamaño de una tostadora
28 de marzo: CHICAGO: una prueba de coronavirus en el punto de atención de cinco minutos podría venir a clínicas de atención urgente la próxima semana, y los expertos dicen que podría "cambiar el juego".
La Administración de Drogas y Alimentos de EE. UU. Emitió el viernes Autorización de uso de emergencia al fabricante de dispositivos médicos con sede en Illinois Abbott Labs para una prueba de coronavirus que arroja resultados positivos en tan solo cinco minutos y resultados negativos en 13 minutos, dijo la compañía.
La compañía espera que las pruebas estén disponibles la próxima semana y espera aumentar la fabricación para entregar 50,000 pruebas por día.
Días antes del cierre, Caesars Entertainment dijo que 3.200 trabajadores perderían empleos.
LAS VEGAS – Cuatro días antes de cerrar nueve hoteles-casinos a lo largo del Strip de Las Vegas para frenar la propagación de COVID-19, Caesars Entertainment notificó a los funcionarios estatales que 3.200 trabajadores perderían sus empleos, de acuerdo con documentos obtenidos por Reno-Gazette Journal, parte de USA TODAY Network.
En una carta del 14 de marzo al Departamento de Empleo, Capacitación y Rehabilitación de Nevada, la compañía anunció que los recortes ocurrirían al día siguiente.
"Dada la certeza desconocida que rodea a COVID-19", escribió Servando Lara, director de relaciones laborales de Caesars, "no podemos determinar si el despido será temporal o permanente".
Un día después de que llegó la carta, el gobernador de Nevada Steve Sisolak ordenó que todos los negocios no esenciales en todo el estado cerraran para detener la propagación de COVID-19.
Los casinos en Nevada se cerraron el miércoles, junto con otros negocios no esenciales, siguiendo una orden sin precedentes del gobernador Steve Sisolak. Instó a los residentes a quedarse en casa para ayudar a reducir la propagación del nuevo coronavirus. (18 de marzo)
Arizona COVID-19 muertes hasta 15; los casos reportados aumentan a 773
28 de marzo: De Arizona el número de muertos relacionados con el nuevo coronavirus aumentó a 15, según datos publicados por el Departamento de Servicios de Salud de Arizona el sábado por la mañana.
El número de casos reportados en todo el estado también aumentó a 773.
Hasta el viernes, hubo 13 muertes y 665 casos reportados en todo el estado. Los casos crecieron de viernes a sábado en aproximadamente un 16%.
El sábado, el condado de Pima anunció una muerte adicional relacionada con el coronavirus, elevando el total del condado a cinco.
El hombre era un paciente de hospicio entre los 18 y los 40 años, dijo el condado.
No estaba claro de inmediato si la muerte del condado de Pima fue una de las dos muertes adicionales anunciadas por el estado el sábado por la mañana.
El condado de Maricopa reportó un crecimiento de 53 casos, con 96 de los 452 casos en el condado que requieren hospitalización.
Miembro de la comunidad escolar Alhambra infectado
28 de marzo: El Distrito Escolar Primario Alhambra anunció el viernes que alguien que asistió al viaje no patrocinado de la escuela a Magic Mountain dio positivo por COVID-19.
La noticia fue compartida por correo electrónico a los padres de Richard Stinnett, el director de la escuela. El correo electrónico no reveló si la persona infectada era estudiante u otra parte.
Stinnett transmitió en el correo electrónico que el viaje tuvo lugar del 6 al 8 de marzo, más de dos semanas retirado desde que la persona en cuestión recibió su prueba positiva. La escuela no ha estado en sesión desde el viaje, escribió Stinnett.
Aún así, el correo electrónico comunicó que la persona infectada se está recuperando en casa mientras está en cuarentena y que ningún otro caso se ha relacionado con este caso.
Disney World, Disneyland permanecerá cerrado indefinidamente
27 de marzo: Citando una "crisis cada vez más compleja" Disneyland y Disney World van a permanecer cerrados "hasta nuevo aviso" debido a la pandemia de coronavirus, dijo el viernes la compañía Walt Disney.
La decisión de la compañía se desvanece con la esperanza de que los legendarios parques temáticos se vuelvan a abrir para el próximo mes, como se había anunciado previamente. A principios de esta semana, Universal Orlando Resort y Universal Studios Hollywood anunciaron que extenderían sus cierres hasta el 19 de abril.
Para Disney, la preocupación era asegurarse de que los asistentes al parque y los empleados no estuvieran expuestos al virus.
"Si bien todavía hay mucha incertidumbre con respecto a los impactos de COVID-19, la seguridad y el bienestar de nuestros huéspedes y empleados sigue siendo la principal prioridad de la Compañía Walt Disney", dijo la compañía en un comunicado por correo electrónico. Dijo que la decisión estaba "en línea con la dirección proporcionada por expertos en salud y funcionarios gubernamentales".
Trump firma un estímulo de coronavirus de $ 2 billones destinado a detener el colapso económico
27 de marzo: WASHINGTON El presidente Donald Trump firmó el viernes un paquete de estímulo bipartidista de $ 2 billones El objetivo es abordar la amenaza de desastre económico que representa la pandemia de coronavirus.
Trump firmó la medida, el mayor estímulo en la historia de los EE. UU., En la Oficina Oval horas después de que fuera aprobada por la Cámara de Representantes, una aprobación inusualmente rápida que subrayó las terribles advertencias de una recesión a medida que las empresas comenzaron a despedir a los trabajadores y a los consumidores estadounidenses. en sus hogares para evitar la propagación del virus.
"Quiero agradecer a los demócratas y republicanos por unirse y poner a Estados Unidos primero", dijo Trump en la firma.
Si bien la firma del presidente puso fin al esfuerzo legislativo en Capitol Hill, marcó un comienzo para el trabajo del gobierno en la gestión de la crisis. Ahora, la administración Trump debe inyectar rápidamente cientos de miles de millones de dólares en la economía en forma de pagos directos, préstamos y subvenciones a industrias afectadas como las aerolíneas.
El paquete de estímulo proporcionará cheques de $ 1,200 a muchos estadounidenses, y más para las familias, al tiempo que pondrá a disposición cientos de miles de millones de dólares para que las empresas mantengan la nómina durante la crisis. Expande significativamente la red de seguridad de desempleo de la nación y dirige una gran cantidad de efectivo a hospitales y otras instalaciones médicas en la primera línea de lucha contra la pandemia.
Los mercados se recuperaron en los últimos días con la noticia de que republicanos y demócratas habían llegado a un acuerdo sobre el estímulo, recuperando algunas de las asombrosas pérdidas de las últimas semanas. El Dow Jones Industrial Average permaneció a la baja el viernes en el comercio del mediodía.
House aprueba el paquete histórico de coronavirus, enviando una factura de $ 2 billones al escritorio de Trump
27 de marzo: WASHINGTON La Cámara votó para aprobar un paquete de alivio de coronavirus de $ 2 billones – el proyecto de ley de ayuda de emergencia más grande de la historia – que ofrecerá cheques de $ 1,200 a los estadounidenses, amplios beneficios de desempleo para aquellos que no tienen trabajo y ayuda financiera para las empresas y la industria de la salud que se ve afectada por la crisis cada vez más grave.
El voto de la Cámara permite que el proyecto de ley se dirija al escritorio del presidente Donald Trump para su aprobación final. Trump ha señalado que firmará el proyecto de ley.
La votación se produce un día después de que Estados Unidos alcanzó dos hitos sombríos, convirtiéndose en el país con más casos de coronavirus en el mundo e informando un récord de 3.28 millones de trabajadores que solicitaron beneficios de desempleo en una semana, el número más alto en la historia desde el Departamento de Trabajo comenzó a rastrear datos en 1967. El paquete masivo tiene como objetivo ofrecer una línea de vida financiera a los estadounidenses y las empresas que están sufriendo, al tiempo que ofrece tranquilidad a los mercados, que han sido golpeados por el temor de que los cierres relacionados con la pandemia puedan llevar a la economía a una profunda recesión. .
Estados Unidos descuidó su arsenal médico, dicen los denunciantes
27 de marzo: Una reserva secreta de suministros médicos para salvar a los estadounidenses de desastres mortales durante años careció de fondos para prepararse para una pandemia tan extendida como el coronavirus, dijeron a EE.UU. TODOS los ex gerentes de la reserva.
Supervisado por un grupo de científicos, especialistas en enfermedades y otros en el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de los EE. UU., La Reserva Nacional Estratégica alberga aproximadamente $ 8 mil millones en inventario para un despliegue rápido en cualquier lugar de la nación en menos de 12 horas.
Pero su suministro inadecuado de ventiladores, máscaras respiratorias y otro equipo de protección personal dejará una escasez crítica para los hospitales de EE. UU. Que luchan por responder a la creciente pandemia de coronavirus.
La reserva tenía solo 16.600 de las máquinas de respiración y un estimado de 12 millones de máscaras N95 al comienzo de la pandemia, lo que no es suficiente para el país, USA TODAY informa.
Lo último: recuento de COVID-19 de EE. UU.
Estados Unidos pasa a Italia, China como nación con los casos más confirmados de COVID-19
Marzo 26: EE. UU. Superó a China e Italia para convertirse en jueves la nación más infectada del planeta, un hito en la era del coronavirus, y un recordatorio de sus efectos mortales que cambian la cultura en la vida estadounidense.
El panel de la Universidad Johns Hopkins mostró a los EE. UU. Con 82,404 infecciones por COVID-19 a partir de las 6 p.m., hora del este, pasando Italia (80,589) y China (81,782). Más de 1,100 personas han muerto en los EE. UU.
Parte de la razón de la clasificación más alta de la nación es causa y efecto: Estados Unidos ha aumentado drásticamente sus protocolos de prueba para identificar a las personas infectadas y a quienes pueden ser portadores del virus. A medida que aumentan las pruebas, también lo hace el número de casos confirmados.
Mire: Trump habla sobre coronavirus
Marzo 26: En un día en que las solicitudes de desempleo rompieron un récord y las muertes en los EE. UU. Aumentaron más de 1.100 cuando el coronavirus apretó su control sobre Estados Unidos, la posibilidad de que un paquete de estímulo se convierta en realidad pronto ayudó a impulsar una tercera recuperación consecutiva del mercado de valores el jueves.
El Departamento de Trabajo, al anunciar los números de reclamos de desempleo de la semana pasada, dijo lo que los estadounidenses ya sabían: que los despidos afectaron particularmente a las industrias de servicios de hospitalidad y alimentos. Otras industrias que lucharon incluyeron asistencia médica y asistencia social, artes, entretenimiento y recreación, transporte y almacenamiento, y las industrias manufactureras, dijo Labor.
El Congreso estaba tratando de proporcionar un rayo de esperanza. La Cámara tiene previsto aceptar el viernes una propuesta de ayuda de emergencia aprobada por el Senado de $ 2 billones. Se esperaba una aprobación rápida: después de un bloqueo inicial, el paquete voló por el Senado el miércoles por la noche con una votación de 96-0. El presidente Donald Trump ha expresado su voluntad de firmar la medida.
Dow registra la mejor ganancia de 3 días desde 1931
Marzo 26: Acciones estadounidenses logró su primer rally de tres días en seis semanas El jueves espera que el Congreso apruebe rápidamente un paquete de rescate de coronavirus para la economía, mientras que el brote en China muestra signos de que ha sido contenido en gran medida.
El Dow Jones Industrial Average subió 1,351.62 puntos, o 6.4%, para cerrar en 22,552.17. El promedio de blue chip ha avanzado un 21,3% en los últimos tres días, su mayor ganancia en tres días desde 1931. Esas ganancias ayudaron a empujar al Dow de regreso al territorio del mercado alcista después de terminar su carrera histórica de 11 años este mes.
El Standard & Poor's 500 agregó 6.2% para terminar en 2,630.07. Ha ganado 17.6% en los últimos tres días, su mejor porcentaje de ganancia desde 1933.
Los avances se produjeron incluso cuando los datos revelaron un número récord de estadounidenses que solicitaron beneficios de desempleo la semana pasada después de una ola de despidos de la pandemia de coronavirus.
Los casos de coronavirus de Arizona son los mejores 500, con 8 muertes conocidas
Marzo 26:Los casos confirmados de COVID-19, la enfermedad causada por el nuevo coronavirus, superaron los 500 el jueves, con ocho muertes conocidas, muestran los números estatales.
Los casos identificados ahora suman 508 en todo el estado. El condado de Maricopa tiene apenas 300 casos.
El nivel de propagación de la comunidad, tal como figura en el sitio web del departamento de salud estatal, pasó de moderado a "generalizado". La propagación comunitaria significa que el paciente no tenía antecedentes de viajar a regiones del mundo afectadas por un nuevo coronavirus, y tampoco tenía contacto conocido con ninguna persona infectada por este.
Aquí está la diferencia entre refugio en el lugar y cuarentena, y lo que la policía puede hacer cumplir
Marzo 26: El 19 de marzo, el gobernador de California Gavin Newsom ordenó a los 40 millones de personas en el estado a refugiarse en el lugar mientras los funcionarios de salud luchan contra el nuevo coronavirus. Dos días después, el gobernador de Illinois J. B. Pritzker ordenó a los 12.7 millones de residentes de su estado que también se refugiaran en el lugar.
Desde entonces, millones de personas en al menos 20 estados han recibido órdenes de refugiarse en el lugar, lo que les impide salir de sus hogares, excepto para ir a trabajar si no pueden trabajar desde casa, conseguir comida o ver a un médico.
Congreso en camino para agregar $ 600 por semana a los cheques sin empleo
Marzo 26: El Senado de los Estados Unidos aprobó $ 600 adicionales por semana en beneficios por desempleo para los trabajadores despedidos el miércoles, ya que el número de personas que solicitan ayuda en todo el país alcanzó un récord semanal de 3.28 millones debido a la carnicería económica de la pandemia de coronavirus.
Arizona también estableció un nuevo récord de un día esta semana para la cantidad de reclamos por desempleo presentados.
Los beneficios actualmente tienen un límite de $ 240 por semana en Arizona, la segunda cantidad más baja de la nación. El cambio aumentaría la cifra a $ 840 por semana para las personas despedidas debido al brote.
Las solicitudes de desempleo aumentan a 3,3 millones
Marzo 26: Los despidos se disparan a medida que el coronavirus da vuelta la economía de los EE. UU.
El número de estadounidenses que presentan solicitudes iniciales para beneficios de desempleo saltó casi doce veces a un récord de 3.28 millones la semana pasada, dijo el jueves el Departamento de Trabajo, ofreciendo la evidencia más vívida hasta ahora del daño generalizado del brote a la economía.
El total estuvo muy por encima de los 1,5 millones de reclamos que los economistas habían pronosticado, según la estimación mediana de los encuestados por Bloomberg.
Las enfermedades por coronavirus podrían alcanzar su punto máximo en abril con las hospitalizaciones llegando a su punto máximo en mayo, dicen funcionarios de salud
25 de marzo: Gobernador de Arizona y El principal funcionario de salud compartió el miércoles actualizaciones mixtas sobre la nueva respuesta de coronavirus del estado, que informa un aumento considerable en las pruebas pero advierte sobre la continua escasez de suministros médicos a medida que el virus se propaga.
Si las infecciones continúan a su ritmo actual, las enfermedades alcanzarían su punto máximo en abril y las hospitalizaciones alcanzarían su punto máximo en mayo, dijo la directora de salud estatal, la Dra. Cara Christ, en una conferencia de prensa el miércoles.
"Arizona aún se encuentra en las etapas iniciales de su brote de COVID-19, y la cantidad de casos dentro del estado aumentará significativamente", dijo Christ.
Arizona podría tener 13,000 camas cortas en el tratamiento de pacientes con coronavirus
25 de marzo: El nuevo coronavirus pandemia podría dejar a Arizona con 13,000 camas de hospital cortas para pacientes enfermos, dijo un alto funcionario de salud el miércoles.
El modelo del estado ha demostrado que si hay una gran ola de enfermedad aquí, lo que los funcionarios estatales enfatizan es el peor de los casos, llegaría a mediados o fines de abril, con una alta tasa de hospitalizaciones en mayo, la Dra. Cara Christ, la El director del Departamento de Servicios de Salud de Arizona, dijo a los periodistas durante una conferencia de prensa con el gobernador Doug Ducey.
"Debemos continuar aumentando nuestra capacidad de camas. Con un aumento potencial de pacientes con COVID-19, esperamos que esté por encima y más allá de nuestra capacidad actual de camas", dijo.
Senado aprueba histórico paquete de estímulo de $ 2 billones
25 de marzo: El Senado aprobó su El paquete de ayuda de emergencia más grande en la historia moderna que ofrecerá $ 2 billones para ayudar Los estadounidenses, los hospitales y las empresas capean los efectos del coronavirus. La votación la noche del miércoles fue 96-0.
El proyecto de ley ahora irá a la Cámara para su aprobación antes de ser enviado al presidente Donald Trump para su firma.
El líder de la mayoría de la Cámara, el representante Steny Hoyer, demócrata, anunció que la Cámara votará el proyecto de ley de $ 2 billones el viernes y que se reunirán a las 9 a.m.
"Esperamos que el proyecto de ley se apruebe por voto de voz", dijo.
Entre las disposiciones ofrecidas en la medida se encuentran cheques únicos de $ 1,200 a individuos, $ 367 mil millones en préstamos y subvenciones para pequeñas empresas, más de $ 130 mil millones para hospitales y centros de salud comunitarios y ayuda financiera para aerolíneas y otras industrias afectadas por el virus.
El número de muertos en Estados Unidos supera los 1,000
25 de marzo: los La cifra de muertos en EE. UU. Fue de 1.031 la noche del miércoles tarde después de eclipsar 600 el martes. A nivel mundial, más de 21,000 personas han sido asesinadas por el virus, según el panel de datos de la Universidad Johns Hopkins.
El gobernador Ducey realizará una conferencia de prensa a las 2 p.m. miércoles
La mayoría de los estadounidenses recibirán cheques de $ 1,200
25 de marzo: Las personas que ganen menos de $ 75,000 por año recibirán cheques de $ 1,200 bajo el acuerdo de estímulo. Las parejas casadas que ganen menos de $ 150,000 obtendrán $ 2,400 y los niños valdrán otros $ 500 cada uno según el acuerdo. El lenguaje final aún se está elaborando, pero el paquete incluye $ 367 mil millones para pequeñas empresas, $ 500 mil millones para préstamos a industrias más grandes, $ 100 mil millones para hospitales y el sistema de atención médica y $ 600 más por semana en beneficios de desempleo para aquellos que no tienen trabajo.
El líder de la minoría del Senado, Chuck Schumer, dijo que el objetivo es garantizar que todos los trabajadores despedidos o despedidos puedan pagar sus cuentas.
"Y debido a que muchos de ellos serán despedidos en lugar de despedidos, si tienen beneficios, pueden continuar y, extremadamente importante, pueden quedarse con la empresa o la pequeña empresa", dijo.
Los casos identificados en Arizona ahora superan los 400, con 6 muertes conocidas
25 de marzo: Los casos de coronavirus en Arizona continúan aumentando, con 401 casos identificados de COVID-19, la enfermedad causada por el nuevo coronavirus, reportado por el estado el miércoles.
El condado de Mohave informó su primer caso identificado, lo que significa que el condado comenzará a restringir las empresas. El condado de Maricopa informó que ahora tiene dos casos en personas menores de 18 años.
Los casos identificados han aumentado en un 23% desde la actualización del estado del martes por la mañana. El aumento porcentual fue menor el miércoles que el lunes y martes.
El martes, hubo al menos 326 casos identificados y cinco muertes conocidas reportadas por el estado en su actualización de números de la mañana. La base de datos del estado ahora refleja la sexta muerte, que fue anunciada por el condado de Coconino el martes por la noche.
Según los datos del condado, se han producido tres muertes conocidas en el condado de Maricopa, así como una en el condado de Pima y otra en el condado de Coconino. No está claro en qué condado ocurrió una de las muertes. La primera muerte conocida del condado de Coconino relacionada con COVID-19 se anunció el martes.
¿Nuevo síntoma de COVID-19?
24 de marzo: La pérdida del sentido del olfato o del gusto puede ser un síntoma de COVID-19, grupos médicos que representan especialistas en oído, nariz y garganta han advertido.
Citando un número creciente de casos en todo el mundo, la Academia Estadounidense de Otorrinolaringología – Cirugía de Cabeza y Cuello y ENT UK emitieron advertencias sobre los pacientes que dieron positivo para el nuevo coronavirus con el único síntoma de pérdida o alteración del sentido del olfato o el gusto.
"La evidencia anecdótica se está acumulando rápidamente en sitios de todo el mundo de que la anosmia y la disgeusia son síntomas significativos asociados con la pandemia de COVID-19", escribió la Academia Estadounidense de Otorrinolaringología – Cirugía de cabeza y cuello en un comunicado.
La anosmia es la pérdida del olfato, mientras que la disgeusia es un sentido del gusto alterado.
Trump establece Pascua como posible fecha para levantar restricciones
24 de marzo: El presidente Trump dijo el martes que le gustaría que las restricciones del gobierno sobre viajes y reuniones sociales se aliviaran en Semana Santa, que llega el domingo 12 de abril.
"Vamos a abrir relativamente pronto", dijo Trump durante un ayuntamiento de Fox News el martes. "Me encantaría tenerlo abierto para Semana Santa … Es un día tan importante por otras razones, pero también haré una cita importante para esto". Me encantaría tener el país, abierto y con muchas ganas de ir en Semana Santa ".
Cuando se le preguntó si es posible que el país vuelva a la normalidad en Semana Santa, Trump dijo: "Creo que es absolutamente posible. Ahora, la gente tendrá que practicar todo el distanciamiento social y las cosas que estamos haciendo ahora. … Pero tenemos que hacer que nuestro país vuelva a trabajar ".
Trump parecía sugerir que los estadounidenses podían ir a trabajar y adherirse a las prácticas de distanciamiento social, pero no especificó cómo funcionaría.
Poco después de los comentarios de Trump, tres importantes organizaciones de salud de los EE. UU., Que representan a los médicos, enfermeras y hospitales de la nación, hicieron un llamamiento público a los estadounidenses para que se queden en casa.
"Quedarnos en casa en este momento urgente es nuestra mejor defensa para cambiar el rumbo contra COVID-19", escribió la Asociación Médica Estadounidense, la Asociación Estadounidense de Hospitales y la Asociación Estadounidense de Enfermeras en una carta abierta.
Las muertes por coronavirus conocidas en Arizona aumentan a 5, el total de casos a 326
24 de marzo: Los casos COVID-19 de Arizona se están acelerando rápidamente a medida que hay más pruebas disponibles, con 326 casos identificados y cinco muertes conocidas reportadas el martes.
El número de casos aumentó un 39% desde el lunes.
El gobernador Doug Ducey anunció por primera vez que el estado ahora tenía cinco muertes totales de COVID-19 en un programa de radio KTAR (92.3 FM) el martes por la mañana.
Los Juegos Olímpicos de Tokio 2020 pospuestos oficialmente debido al brote de coronavirus
Y el martes, finalmente se hizo oficial.
En un movimiento sin precedentes e inevitable, el Comité Olímpico Internacional y el gobierno japonés acordaron posponer los Juegos Olímpicos de Verano 2020 "a una fecha posterior a 2020 pero no después del verano 2021" debido a la pandemia de coronavirus en curso.
La Legislatura de Arizona aprueba $ 50 millones para el alivio del coronavirus, aplaza por 3 semanas
23 de marzo: La Cámara de Representantes de Arizona atravesó un estancamiento político el lunes, aprobar un paquete de ayuda de $ 50 millones a medida que el estado enfrenta el costo económico de la pandemia y aplazamiento de COVID-19 durante tres semanas como medida de precaución de salud pública.
El paquete de gastos permite que la administración del gobernador Doug Ducey use los fondos para asistencia de vivienda, ayuda para empresas, organizaciones sin fines de lucro y proveedores de atención médica con menos de 50 empleados, y asistencia para bancos de alimentos y organizaciones que atienden a personas sin hogar.
Con esto, la Legislatura terminó el trabajo con un presupuesto básico que mantendrá al gobierno estatal operando en el nuevo año fiscal que comienza en julio.
El gobernador Ducey tiene 1 p.m. conferencia de prensa
Miembro del COI dice que los Juegos Olímpicos de Tokio 2020 serán pospuestos
23 de marzo: El miembro veterano del Comité Olímpico Internacional Dick Pound dijo a USA TODAY Sports el lunes por la tarde que los Juegos Olímpicos de Tokio 2020 se pospondrán, likely to 2021, with the details to be worked out in the next four weeks.
“On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided,” Pound said in a phone interview. “The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know."
Arizona coronavirus cases rise to 234, mostly in Maricopa County
March 23: Arizona now has 234 identified cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, a database from the Arizona Department of Health Services showed on Monday.
That's an increase of 55% from Sunday.
On Sunday, the department reported 152 total identified cases, an increase of 48 cases from the day before.
Banner Health launches drive-thru COVID-19 testing at 4 Arizona sites
March 23: Banner Health, Arizona's largest health system, on Monday is launching drive-thru COVID-19 testing for prescreened patients at four sites, three in Phoenix and one in Tucson.
Patients will not need a doctor's order, but they will need to speak by phone with a Banner clinician before being scheduled for a testing appointment.
That's why Phoenix-based nonprofit Banner Health isn't publicly sharing the addresses of the sites: Patients need to call ahead. People who arrive at a testing site without an appointment won't be tested, officials said.
Arizona Diamondbacks to donate $550K to help Arizona in pandemic
March 23: The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation announced that it is donating to local charities to help during the coronavirus pandemic.
The team released a statement on Monday announcing the donation of $550,000 to Arizona-based nonprofit organizations "that will immediately assist in helping those most vulnerable during the current national emergency."
“Over the past 10 days, we have watched the heroic efforts of so many Arizonans who are helping those in need – from medical professionals to local food banks and childcare operations that have opened their doors to those working long hours to keep our community running,” D-Backs Managing General Partner Ken Kendrick said in the statement.
Arizona's first coronavirus death: Phoenix learned employee had COVID-19 after he died
March 23: Phoenix officials and managers in the city's Aviation Department first learned that an aviation employee had COVID-19 when the Maricopa County Department of Public Health called to inform them of that several days after the man had died.
On March 17, the employee's family notified the aviation department that the man had died. On March 20, the health department notified the city that the man died of COVID-19 brought on by the new coronavirus.
In the wake of this news, the city and aviation department scrambled to inform coworkers and close contacts that they may have been exposed to the virus, as well as to publicly acknowledge that Arizona's first coronavirus victim was a city employee.
Amid outbreak, Arizonans find little social distance on crowded hiking trails
March 22: When Gov. Doug Ducey warned people to avoid large gatherings and close contact with others, the state and Phoenix park systems came up with a healthy alternative: Get outdoors, they announced. Come hike our trails.
It has worked. So well that, at peak times in some parks this weekend, avoiding large gatherings and close contact on narrow trails was as challenging as, for instance, finding a parking space — even in a dry stream bed near the Superstition Mountains.
Arizona National Guard activates 700 to help grocery stores and food banks this week
March 22: los Arizona National Guard is sending out more than 700 Citizen-Soldiers this week to support grocery stores and food banks as part of Gov. Doug Ducey's activation, the Arizona National Guard said in a press release.
On Sunday, a group of 12 Citizen-Soldiers worked at a food bank in Gilbert loading pallets with boxes of food.
“Our efforts are intended to reduce the concern that builds in the public when they see empty shelves,” said Maj. Gen. Michael T. McGuire, Arizona’s Adjutant General.
Arizona reports 2nd coronavirus death as state's total case count rises to 152
March 22: Arizona had its second new coronavirus-related death Saturday as the number of identified cases throughout the state increased by 48, the Arizona Department of Health Services announced in a press release Sunday.
The man who died was in his 70s with underlying health conditions, the press release said.
Officials said the number of identified cases of coronavirus increased by 48 throughout Saturday to a total of 152, the release stated.
Arizona's 1st death from coronavirus is a Maricopa County man in his 50s
Arizona's first death tied to the new coronavirus is a Maricopa County man in his 50s, state and Maricopa County health officials said Friday night.
The man, who had underlying health conditions, died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health said in a joint statement.
Maricopa County is notifying close contacts of the man and will ask them to monitor for symptoms, health officials said.
As of Friday, Arizona had 76 reported cases of COVID-19, including 35 in Maricopa County.
Pence staffer tests positive for coronavirus
UNA member of Vice President Mike Pence’s staff has tested positive for coronavirus, the White House said Friday, marking the first such infection within the top rungs of the administration.
Katie Miller, a spokeswoman for Pence, did not identify the staffer, nor did she say specifically where the individual worked. Pence is leading the administration’s coronavirus task force and has been a regular presence at the president’s side in recent weeks.
“This evening we were notified that a member of the Office of the Vice President tested positive for the Coronavirus,” Miller said in statement. “Neither President Trump nor Vice President Pence had close contact with the individual.”
Miller said contact tracing was being conducted in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pence said Monday that he had not been tested for the virus. Trump was tested and said his test was negative.
Arizona school closures extended to April 10
March 20: Arizona schools will stay closed until April 10, Gov. Doug Ducey and Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman announced Friday.
They had originally announced school closures until March 27. The state leaders said the two-week extension would help schools and parents plan ahead.
"Our goal is to get kids safely back in the classroom as soon as possible," Ducey said in a video with Hoffman posted on Twitter. "The safest place for children during this time is at home."
Arizona's coronavirus case count rises to 75; 10 of state's counties
March 20: The reported statewide count of coronavirus cases climbed to 75 with 11 additional cases and a "shelter-in-place" order announced on the Navajo Nation in northern Arizona.
The new positives indicate the illness is spreading throughout the state. Ten of Arizona's 15 counties now have presumed positive or confirmed cases. Yuma County and Cochise counties announced their first presumed positive cases.
The Navajo Nation announced 11 cases late Thursday night, bringing the tally in Navajo County to 14. Tribal President Jonathan Nez issued a "shelter-in-place" order for the community of Chilchinbeto, where seven of the 11 new patients lived.
Arizona coronavirus: County-by-county look at COVID-19
March 20: The Republic is tracking coronavirus cases across Arizona and updating this county-by-county map daily. For all the latest news about coronavirus in Arizona, visit coronavirus.azcentral.com.
Here's how Phoenix tattoo shops are responding to coronavirus and COVID-19
March 20: As cities across the Phoenix area declare states of emergency due to the new coronavirus outbreak and call for the closure of entertainment venues and gathering places, there are few places to watch movies, work out and convene with friends and family.
Some Phoenix tattoo shops have opted to close to slow the spread of COVID-19, at the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the White House. Others remain open while stepping up their sanitizing efforts, temporarily refusing walk-in appointments and imposing no penalties for rescheduled appointments.
Trump to close US-Mexico border
March 20: The U.S.-Mexico border will be closed to nonessential travel to further help stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, Trump announced Friday.
"As we did with Canada, we're also working with Mexico to implement new rules at our ports of entry to suspend nonessential travel," Trump said. "These new rules and procedures will not impede lawful trade and commerce." Trump said that Mexico is also suspending air travel from Europe.
The expected announcement follows the closure of the border between the U.S. and Canada to nonessential travel, which was announced Wednesday. Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters the closure would happen at midnight Friday.
Tax Day delayed until July 15
March 20: Tax Day was moved back to July and governors in California and Pennsylvania took the boldest action yet to slow the spread of coronavirus as the pandemic continued Friday to dramatically alter lives.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Friday that the deadline for Americans to file their taxes would be moved back from April 15 to July 15. "All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties," Mnuchin tweeted.
Meanwhile, Californians awoke to a new order to stay inside and shelter-in-place as Gov. Gavin Newsom laid out a sobering, staggering prediction that more than half the 40-plus million California population would contract COVID-19 in the next eight weeks.
Ducey orders closure of bars, theaters and gyms in some Arizona counties; National Guard to help grocery stores
March 19: Gov. Doug Ducey on Thursday announced he would limit restaurant service and close bars, theaters and gyms in counties with confirmed cases of COVID-19, stepping up Arizona's efforts to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.
The directive will take effect upon close of business Friday.
The Republican leader also:
- Called on the National Guard to help grocery stores and food banks restock shelves to protect food supplies.
- Halted all elective surgeries "to free up medical resources and maintain the capacity for hospitals and providers to continue offering vital services."
- Delayed expiration dates for Arizona drivers licenses, so that residents who are 65 or older don't need to wait in line at state offices to renew them.
- Authorized restaurants to deliver alcoholic beverages alongside food, and allowed manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers to buy back unopened products from restaurants, bars and clubs.
Phoenix VA sets up medical tent, bans visitors to prepare for coronavirus
March 19: Nurses in protective gear stood at the entrance of the Phoenix VA hospital Thursday afternoon, directing everyone to wash their hands in portable sinks set up under a small canopy.
It’s part of a new screening protocol requiring everyone who enters the hospital to wash their hands and answer questions on whether they are experiencing symptoms and if they’ve had contact with someone confirmed to have the new coronavirus.
"We have not had any positive cases. We have tested some folks based on a clinical assessment … but at this point we have seen no positive cases," Cindy Dorfner, a spokeswoman for the Phoenix VA Health Care System, told The Arizona Republic on Thursday afternoon.
Phoenix area hospitals restrict visitors due to the new coronavirus outbreak
March 19: As COVID-19 continues to spread, some Phoenix area hospitals are implementing restrictions on visitors.
As of 7 a.m. Thursday, Banner Health and Dignity Health no longer allow visitors in their hospitals, according to statements from each organization.
"We understand this will be challenging, but we're committed to take the necessary precautions to protect our patients, health care workers and the community," the Banner Health statement said.
Tempe closes all city facilities, shutters some businesses to curb spread of coronavirus
March 19: Tempe declared a state of emergency on Wednesday and shut down bars, dining in restaurants and other businesses on Thursday amid growing coronavirus concerns.
The city has closed all city facilities, canceled city-sponsored events and was the first Valley city to announce it would hold City Council meetings without the public physically there. The city’s first virtual meeting was on Wednesday.
Cities across metro Phoenix are taking steps to mitigate the spread of the new coronavirus as the number of cases in Arizona increases.
Using robots to speed up testing, ASU hopes to open drive-thru coronavirus testing
March 19: Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute hopes to dramatically increase available coronavirus testing by using robots that can process a high volume of samples simultaneously, with a goal of opening a drive-thru testing site for the general public as early as Monday.
By using robots to process the samples, Biodesign Institute executive director Joshua LaBaer said, ASU can offer testing at a faster rate than state and hospital labs.
Faced with a testing kit bottleneck, health care officials and the state have lacked the ability to conduct widespread testing to screen for the virus, even among those who may be exhibiting symptoms or who are at risk already. If successful, ASU believes it could provide a crucial service that could start to turn the tide in fighting this outbreak.
Love in the time of coronavirus: Couples at home find friction instead of sparks
March 19: Suddenly, in the age of coronavirus, WFH is all the rage.
It stands for Working From Home, but it might as well stand for Wives Fight Husbands, or vice-versa.
We've only been at the social distancing and self-quarantining thing a short time, but already people are getting on each other's nerves, especially spouses who no longer have to ask how their partner's day was because their partner's day happened right in front of them.
Oh, it's a thing.
Long lines at Luke AFB pharmacy after switching to curbside assistance only
March 19: A long line of cars surround Luke Air Force Base's pharmacy after the base made it serve customers curbside only.
U.S. Air Force Capt. Candice Dillitte, a spokeswoman for the base, said the base has taken measures to reduce the amount of contact between service people and their families amid the spread of the novel coronavirus.
"Our medical group here on base closed down the normal pharmacy (where people) could physically go into the building," Dillitte said. "They've limited it to just the drive-thru pharmacy."
Dillette said those visiting the pharmacy should expect a longer wait, as the base serves airmen, their families and veterans.
State Department tells Americans: 'Do not travel' abroad, come home if overseas
March 19: The State Department told Americans not to travel abroad at all, the strongest U.S. alert yet as novel coronavirus continued its steady march across the globe.
The department on Thursday issued Level 4 advisory for travel abroad — "do not travel" — only four days after it issued a Level 3 advisory — "reconsider travel."
"In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period," the advisory said. "U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel."
The advisory came as the number of cases have multiplied: More than 11,000 in the United States out of 236,000 worldwide. The global death toll also neared 10,000 on Thursday, including 157 in the United States.
Grim milestone: Italy's coronavirus deaths surpass China's
The country's death toll hit 3,405 as of Thursday, an increase of 427 compared to Wednesday, according to Italy’s Civil Protection Department.
Italy has been staggering under the effects of the pandemic for weeks. Hospitals and even some morgues in the hard-hit northern Italian city of Milan are stretched beyond capacity.
Health officials are searching for new ways to get more doctors in the field, ranging from calling recent retirees back to work to rushing as many as 10,000 soon-to-graduate students into low-leverage situations before they finish with exams as a way to free up more experienced colleagues.
The entire population of more than 60 million is under lockdown, allowed to leave home only for "essential" activities like visits to grocery stores or pharmacies. Police and the military are roaming the streets on the lookout for people breaking quarantine. Everything from open restaurants and coffee bars to weddings and funerals is prohibited.
Coronavirus case count in Arizona climbs to 45; 6 Arizona counties now have cases
March 19: Arizona's reported coronavirus case count was 45 on Thursday morning, with six of the state's 15 counties reporting infected patients, state data shows.
The tally of confirmed and presumptive positive cases of the new coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, is at 22 in Maricopa County, which is the highest case number of any county in the state. The case count in Maricopa County doubled between Wednesday and Thursday morning.
The state data showed Pinal County has 10 cases, Pima County has seven, Navajo County has three, and Coconino and Graham counties each have one. A second Coconino County case was listed on the county's website later Thursday morning but is not reflected in the state data.
4 resources for metro Phoenix restaurant and bar workers unemployed due to coronavirus
March 19: Aspen Bingham used to work as a bartender at Josephine and The Churchill, both in downtown Phoenix.
On Tuesday afternoon, however, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego declared a state of emergency, immediately shutting down all bars and requiring restaurants to switch to takeout and delivery at 8 p.m.
Now, like many others in the bar and restaurant industry, Bingham finds herself unemployed.
Many people across metro Phoenix can't work at home during coronavirus outbreak
March 19: The guidelines from the government to combat the spread of the new coronavirus are clear: Work from home whenever possible.
Instead, these employees continue working as usual, even though the environment around them has changed dramatically.
Arizona's count rises to 31 as Coconino County, Luke AFB confirm cases
March 18: Arizona's count of reported presumptive positive and confirmed coronavirus patients rose to 31 on Wednesday after new cases were confirmed in Maricopa, Pinal and Pima counties and the Navajo Nation, Coconino County announced its first case and Luke Air Force Base announced two cases.
That number is up from the 18 cases reported in the Tuesday morning update from the Arizona Department of Health Services.
The state announced it had 27 total presumptive positive and confirmed coronavirus patients in its morning report. Four other cases were reported by other entities later in the day.
Trump signs coronavirus emergency aid package
March 18: President Donald Trump signed a sweeping multibillion-dollar emergency aid package Wednesday night that will provide paid sick leave for Americans who are in quarantine, helping a family member who is infected with COVID-19 or have children whose schools have closed as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
The bill also offers free testing for coronavirus and boosts unemployment insurance, food assistance and federal funding for Medicaid as part of an ongoing effort by Washington to combat the rapid spread of the pandemic.
"Today, I have signed into law H.R. 6201, the "Families First Coronavirus Response Act" (the "Act")," the president said in a statement. "The Act makes emergency supplemental appropriations and other changes to law to help the Nation respond to the coronavirus outbreak."
Trump noted a provision in the measure that requires the secretary of agriculture to submit a report to Congress that includes legislative recommendations. The president said he would "treat this provision in a manner consistent with Article II, section 3 of the Constitution," which provides him "exclusive authority" to make recommendations to Congress.
Dow plummets 1,300 points despite promises for coronavirus aid
March 18: U.S. stocks collapsed Wednesday and were briefly halted for trading as coronavirus lockdowns and travel restrictions expanded, rattling investors despite Washington’s promises for economic aid.
The Dow Jones industrial average tumbled more than 1,300 points, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 sank 5.2%, briefly triggering an automatic shock absorber for 15 minutes in afternoon trading. That marked the fourth time in eight trading sessions that circuit breakers were triggered.
Arizona's coronavirus count rises to 27 as new cases reported in 3 counties
March 18: Arizona's count of reported presumptive positive and confirmed coronavirus patients rose to 27 Wednesday morning after new cases were confirmed in Maricopa, Pinal and Pima counties.
That number is up from the 18 cases reported in the Tuesday morning update from the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Stocks rebound after historic sell-off
March 17: U.S. stocks rebounded Tuesday after the White House laid out additional plans to help cushion the economy from the coronavirus pandemic.
President Donald Trump and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin say they are exploring the idea of legislation that would include sending checks to Americans to help them manage through the economic impact of the virus disruptions.
The gains follow the market's worst sell-off in more than three decades on Monday.
The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 1,048.86 points to close at 21,237.38. The Standard & Poor’s 500 rose 6% to finish at 2,529.19. Both averages had their worst day since the “Black Monday” stock market crash of 1987 the prior day.
Trump looking at 'big, bold' stimulus
March 17: President Donald Trump and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin say they are exploring the idea of legislation that would include sending checks to Americans to help them manage through the economic impact of coronavirus disruptions.
"We're looking at sending checks to Americans immediately," Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said at a news conference Tuesday by the administration's coronavirus task force.
Trump added he believed lawmakers and the administration could come together for a "big, bold" package. Mnuchin has been meeting with Democrats and Republicans as the White House and Congress attempt to pass more legislation aimed at addressing the impacts of coronavirus.
Some Phoenix area nursing homes restrict even family visitors to protect the elderly
March 17: Phoenix-area assisted living facilities and nursing homes are restricting visitors and retirement communities are closing swimming pools and other recreation centers to better protect older adults against the new coronavirus pandemic.
Older adults face higher risk with the respiratory illness, as the early outbreak in Washington state showed. One Seattle-area nursing home has had 29 deaths linked to coronavirus, according to King County.
Banner Health officials on Monday said the death toll from the coronavirus could be higher in Arizona over the coming months because of the state's large retirement population. Nearly 22% of Arizonans are over 60, according to U.S. Census figures.
Arizona to expand testing as doctors raise concerns about lack of preparation
March 17: Arizona's health officials are planning to ramp up coronavirus testing by opening community testing sites for COVID-19, the illness caused by the new virus, sometime "this week," they said at a press conference Monday afternoon.
Limited testing is troubling for Arizona doctors who expect to see a surge in cases as the illness spreads among the community. The Arizona Medical Association issued a statement of concern Friday.
Arizona retailers, suppliers grapple with shortages and disruptions as public responds
March 17: More production. Round-the-clock shifts. Additional hiring in some cases.
Businesses that supply everything from beef to toilet paper in Arizona say they're striving to get more products out to consumers amid supply-chain disruptions caused by the new coronavirus, while also cutting back hours in some cases to restock shelves and make sure stores and other facilities remain clean.
The Arizona Food Marketing Alliance, which represents supermarkets and other food companies, acknowledged that high demand for paper towels, bathroom tissue, bottled water, sanitizing products and various other items has put a strain on the system.
Arizona's coronavirus count still at 18, but health official predicts cases to 'skyrocket'
March 17: Arizona's count of reported coronavirus cases remained at 18 on Tuesday, for the second consecutive day, but the tally likely does not reflect the actual number of cases in the state.
So far, the state has reported eight presumptive positive or confirmed cases in Maricopa County; five in Pinal County; four in Pima County; and one in Graham County.
Trump seeking stimulus package
March 17: President Donald Trump is expected to ask Congress for a large stimulus package to stem the blow to the economy from massive shutdowns related to the coronavirus.
Senators later today will hear more about the next package and hope to get a precise dollar figure from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at a Republican lunch at the U.S. Capitol.
Trump has been pushing the idea of a payroll tax holiday to get cash into Americans' pockets. He said Monday that he believes help for the beleaguered airline industry is also crucial. Democrats and some Republicans are wary of the payroll tax idea, saying it won't help some of the people hit hardest by the disruptions, such as those who have lost their jobs or had their hours reduced.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY. has unveiled a proposal to spend $750 billion.
Stocks open quietly after darkest day
March 17: U.S. stocks opened mildly higher but quickly gave a way those gains Tuesday after the Trump administration said it planned financial support for an airline industry devastated by a drop in travel caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The gains following the market's worst sell-off in more than three decades on Monday. Futures tied to the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 surged 5% overnight, triggering a trading halt but later gave back most of those gains. That came hours after both averages suffered their worst day since the “Black Monday” stock market crash of 1987.
Bay Area under near-lockdown, affecting nearly 7 million
March 16: Six counties across the Bay Area in California issued a “shelter in place” order on Monday for all residents – requiring roughly 6.7 million people to stay in their homes – in an attempt to slow the coronavirus outbreak.
For the next three weeks, people living in San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa and Alameda counties will be restricted from all “non-essential travel” by “foot, bicycle, scooter, automobile, or public transit” outside their homes. Also, most businesses will be forced to close until April 7, starting at midnight on Monday.
"Because of the risk of the rapid spread of the virus, and the need to protect all members of the community and the Bay Area region, especially including our members most vulnerable to the virus and also health care providers," the order states, "this Order requires all individuals anywhere in San Francisco to shelter in place – that is, stay at home – except for certain essential activities and work to provide essential business and government services or perform essential public infrastructure construction, including housing."
Sinema says Ducey isn't doing enough to halt spread
March 16: Sen. Kyrsten Sinema called Monday on Arizona to take far more aggressive actions than it has so far to stop the spread of the new coronavirus.
Arizona's strategies to prevent spread of COVID-19 remain less aggressive than those taken by other states, even after Gov. Doug Ducey reversed course Sunday and ordered schools to close through the end of the month. In making her statement on Twitter, Sinema, D-Ariz., shared an Arizona Republic story detailing Ducey's less aggressive approach.
"Arizona can and should take action NOW to reduce spread, keep our hospitals from getting overwhelmed, and save lives," Sinema said in a written statement. "It is time to temporarily close clubs, bars, museums, libraries, gyms, and other places where large groups congregate."
In response to Sinema's statement, Ducey spokesman Patrick Ptak said: "We will continue to follow the recommendations of the CDC and public health officials in making our decisions."
Trump tells nation to hunker down
March 16: President Donald Trump issued guidelines on Monday for Americans to follow over the next 15 days to help avoid spread of the novel coronavirus but did not take drastic measures such as imposing a national quarantine or curfew.
The new guidelines call called on Americans to avoid social gatherings involving groups of 10 or more.
The guidelines also call for governors in states with evidence of community transmission to close schools in affected and surrounding areas. Bars, restaurants, food courts, gyms and other venues where groups of people congregate should also be closed in states with evidence of community transmission, according to the guidelines.
“If everyone makes these critical changes and sacrifices now, we will rally together as one nation and we will defeat the virus,” Trump said.
Coronavirus relief stalls on technicalities
March 16: The sweeping coronavirus relief bill the House rushed to pass early Saturday is being delayed over technical issues and could take days to reach President Donald Trump's desk.
A bill to fix some of the language related to the paid family leave portion of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act is being held up in the House while negotiations on the issue are resolved.
The measure passed the House 363-40. But it's unclear when the Senate will vote or when it will reach Trump's desk.
The House bill to make the technical corrections would be brought up on what’s known as “unanimous consent,” or UC, meaning only one member would have to object to force a full vote by the House. A vote by the full House could remedy that but lawmakers are back in their districts on recess.
Idris Elba reveals he tested positive for coronavirus despite having no symptoms
March 16: Idris Elba revealed on Twitter Monday that he has tested positive for coronavirus.
"This morning I tested positive for COVID-19. I feel OK, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus," the actor captioned a video announcement. "Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing 👊🏾👊🏾 No panic."
Arizona governor takes less-aggressive approach to coronavirus than many other governors
March 16: Arizona's strategies to contain the new coronavirus remain less aggressive than those adopted by several other states, even after Gov. Doug Ducey changed his tune on school closures and public gatherings in rapid succession Sunday.
By the time the Republican leader decided to shutter schools for two weeks, for instance, more than 30 of his peers had closed or shared plans to close schools in their states.
Las Vegas Strip resorts closing
Major resorts on the Las Vegas Strip are now closing in response to the spread of coronavirus.
Wynn Resorts will close its two luxury hotel-casinos on the Strip for two weeks starting Tuesday. MGM Resorts will cease casino operations on Monday and will completely close its 13 properties on Tuesday.
The company announced the closures of Wynn Las Vegas and Encore after Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered that all K-12 public schools in the Clark County School District close.
After two weeks, Wynn Resorts will evaluate the situation, according to a release sent to investors. Some employees will stay at the properties to maintain facilities and security.
MGM will not take reservations for new arrivals prior to May 1.
Arizona's reported coronavirus case count is now at 18
March 16: los number of reported cases of new coronavirus in Arizona was 18 as of Monday morning.
Six new cases of the illness, which is also called COVID-19, tested positive over the weekend.
The total number of cases in Maricopa County is now eight. There have been five cases reported in Pinal County, four in Pima County and one in Graham County, state data shows.
White House says coronavirus curfews not under consideration
March 16: The White House is pushing back on news reports that it is considering imposing curfews and a national quarantine in the wake of the spread of the coronavirus epidemic.
"This is not correct," tweeted Katie Miller, a spokeswoman for Vice President Mike Pence, who is heading up the coronavirus task force appointed by President Donald Trump.
Miller re-tweeted a CNN report that there are "active discussions" to encourage a possible nationwide curfew in which non-essential businesses would have to close by a certain time each night.
Asked about rumors that the administration is considering some kind of national quarantine, Miller said: "Consider it shot down."
The White House announcement follow a National Security Council tweet late Sunday about text messages floating around the Internet.
Said the NSC: "Text message rumors of a national #quarantine are FAKE. There is no national lockdown. @CDCgov has and will continue to post the latest guidance on #COVID19. #coronavirus.
Fed cuts rate to zero, launches more bond purchases
March 15: The Federal Reserve unleased much of its arsenal Sunday to combat the economic damage caused by the coronavirus, cutting short-term interest rates to zero, renewing its crisis-era bond purchases to lower long-term rates and encouraging more bank loans to households and businesses.
Central bank policymakers agreed to lower the Fed’s benchmark federal funds rate by a full percentage point to a range of zero to 0.25% — where it hovered for years during and after the 2008 financial crisis.
“The coronavirus outbreak has harmed communities and disrupted economic activity in many countries, including the United States,” the Fed said in a statement. ““The effects of the coronavirus will weigh on economic activity in the near-term and pose risks to the economic outlook.“
Arizona coronavirus cases rises to 13; latest case in Pima County
March 15: A third person in Pima County was identified by county health officials as having the new coronavirus, bringing the state's total of coronavirus cases to 13.
The person was presumptive positive with COVID-19, the Pima County Health Department announced in a press release on Sunday. The person was described as "an older adult" who was recovering at a hospital in the area.
The case is the county first positive as the result of commercial testing performed by a private laboratory, the press release said.
American Airlines suspends flight to London from Phoenix
March 14: American Airlines announced Saturday that it will temporarily suspend its flight from Phoenix to the United Kingdom in response to decreased demand and changes to U.S. government travel restrictions due to coronavirus.
President Donald Trump's recent order added the United Kingdom and Ireland to the places from where travel is restricted and require extra screenings through designated airports. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is not currently one of the 13 airports approved to conduct additional screenings on passengers arriving from those countries.
The final eastbound flight from Phoenix will be Sunday, while the final westbound flight returning to Phoenix will depart Monday.
Havasupai Falls closes temporarily because of coronavirus threat
March 14: The Havasupai Tribal Council on Saturday announced a temporary suspension of hiking and tourism to the tribe's wildly popular waterfalls in a remote part of northwestern Arizona.
Tourism will be suspended from March 16 through April 14, according to an email from the tribe's publicist, Abbie Fink.
Trump tests negative for coronavirus, White House doctor says
March 14: presidente Donald Trump has tested negative for the coronavirus, the White House announced on Saturday evening.
The president’s physician, Sean P. Conley, said in a memo released by the White House that Trump decided to get tested on Friday after they conferred about the matter.
“Last night after an in-depth discussion with the president regarding COVID-19 testing, he elected to proceed,” the president’s physician, Sean P. Conley, wrote in a memorandum released by the White House Saturday evening.
“This evening I received confirmation that the test is negative,” Conley wrote.
Flights to Europe from Sky Harbor likely paused
March 14: President Donald Trump’s order to add the United Kingdom and Ireland to the places from where travel is restricted and require extra screenings through designated airports will likely temporarily pause Phoenix’s flights to Europe. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is not currently one of the 13 airports approved to conduct additional screenings on passengers arriving from those countries.
American Airlines was still evaluating how the order will affect its schedule. Curtis Blessing, a spokesman for American said, “We are in contact with the federal government to comply with this directive which now applies to Ireland and the United Kingdom. The health and safety of our customers and team members remains our highest priority.”
The Arizona Republic has reached out to Sky Harbor and will update when it responds.
Condor already pushed back the start of its seasonal service to Frankfurt to April 18. Lufthansa’s Eurowings flights are not scheduled to begin until April 29.
A spokesman for British Airways says the airline is evaluating the situation. In addition, the airline has a new booking policy it launched yesterday. Customers who booked flights before May 31 and want to change their dates can either re-book or receive a voucher for the value of the fare.
Pac-12 cancels all sports competition through end of 2019-20 school year
March 14: The Pac-12 is canceling all conference and non-conference sport competitions and championships through the end of the school year.
That announcement was made Saturday following a meeting of the Pac-12 chief executive officer group and athletic directors.
The decision is an extension of an earlier suspension of all sports until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic. The NCAA also canceled all remaining winter and spring championships.
Trump says he was tested for virus
March 14: President Donald Trump has been tested for the coronavirus and is awaiting results, he said Saturday at a press briefing, a day after he declared the coronavirus pandemic to be a national emergency.
The president has had multiple direct and indirect contact with people who have tested positive for the pandemic virus. Test results typically take at least 24 hours.
Trump adds UK, Ireland to travel restrictions
March 14: Trump on Saturday said the United Kingdom and Ireland will be added to the Europe travel restrictions that went into effect late Friday. This means residents of those countries will not be allowed to travel to the United States for 30 days beginning Monday.
U.S. residents and legal permanent residents won't be banned but they will face airport screenings upon their return and will be asked to self quarantine for 14 days.
In response to the broadened ban and the resulting falloff in travel demand, airlines are likely to sharply cut flights between the U.S. and London and Ireland.
Mexico holds off canceling mass gatherings
March 14: Supporters mobbed Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador as he entered the Hermosillo airport on Thursday, having arrived on a commercial flight. On Friday, the man known as AMLO flew to Acapulco to address the annual bankers’ convention, where social media video showed hugs and hand-shaking.
He then set out for a quartet campaign-style rallies — events rife with opportunities for presidential selfies — in the Afro-Mexican communities to the southeast of Acapulco.
Mexico’s popular president continues gladhanding. His administration, meanwhile, has taken a wait-and-see approach to the coronavirus, preferring not to provoke panic — or inflict economic hardship — by closing schools, restricting public events or imposing travel restrictions.
The approach is stirring angst in Mexico, where efforts such as screening travelers from high-risk countries and widespread testing have been scant.
New case in Graham County brings Arizona total to 12
March 14: los newest case is from Graham County. The county posted on its Facebook page that there were possible exposures at Pima Elementary School. The health department will set up a testing clinic for students who are impacted and present symptoms at Pima Junior High School on March 16, 17 and 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The department asks 5th and 6th graders to voluntarily stay home until March 25.
"Like many communities across the world, our community has been challenged by this new virus," the Graham County release said. "It will take a community-wide effort to fight COVID-19."
Department of Defense restricting domestic travel for service members
March 14: los Department of Defense has issued domestic travel restrictions for service members and their families that includes travel in and out of NAS Pensacola to mitigate the risk of the coronavirus.
The biggest impact on base is likely to be a delay of Permanent Change Station and Temporary Duty orders, said NAS Pensacola Public Affairs Officer Jason Bortz.
“Basically we’re saying that if it’s not necessary, we’re not letting people travel and that even includes regular leave,” Bortz said. “We’re just kind of reviewing everything.”
Under the DoD order, personal travel to areas with high coronavirus cases would be restricted, for example. Other domestic travel may be allowed after a thorough review.
“The biggest emphasis is on overseas travel or traveling to areas with coronavirus,” Bortz said.
Layoffs hit casinos on Las Vegas Strip
March 14: Layoffs and furloughs are starting next week at one of Las Vegas' largest casino operators, MGM Resorts International, in response to a slowdown in demand due to COVID-19 fallout.
“We just don’t know to what extent,” said Rocky Colavito, Jr., a Bellagio blackjack dealer who got news of the cuts before walking onto the casino floor for his Friday night shift.
A letter to employees Friday announced that workforce reductions and furloughs would begin next week.
Laid off workers will maintain benefits through June 30, the letter said.
All Arizona prison visits suspended
March 13: The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry announced on Friday that it suspended all visits to Arizona prison complexes for at least the next 30 days as concerns over coronavirus continue to swell.
"The suspension of visitation includes non-contact visits and applies to facilities operated by the Department as well as third-party operated facilities," according to the press release. "Our policies for phone calls and written letters remain in effect, and inmates will have access to two 15-minute phone calls per week free of charge during this period."
The illness can spread quickly in enclosed spaces, particularly among individuals with chronic health problems. Prisons have become outbreak hot spots in other countries affected by the virus.
2nd person infected with coronavirus in Pima County, bringing Arizona total to 10
The Pima County Health Department announced the new case on Friday evening. The department is still investigating how the person contracted the virus and whom they may have exposed.
"The Health Department was notified Friday afternoon and is working hard to learn more about this individual’s potential exposure to the virus," the statement reads. "At this time there is no clear link between this case and the presumptive case identified in Pima County on March 9th."
Major cruise lines suspend operations
March 13: Major cruise lines including Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and MSC will suspend sailing operations to and from U.S. ports for 30 days due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cruise Lines International Association announced Friday.
Viking and Disney cruises announced similar measures on Thursday.
“CLIA cruise line members are voluntarily and temporarily suspending operations from the U.S. as we work to address this public health crisis,” said Kelly Craighead, CLIA president and CEO in a statement. “This is an unprecedented situation."
Craighead said that the association was working with the Centers for Disease Control. "This has been a challenging time, but we hope that this decision will enable us to focus on the future and a return to normal as soon as possible."
The suspension will take effect at midnight Friday. CLIA said it will focused on the "safe and smooth return" of those currently at sea on ships.
Trump, lawmakers reach deal on coronavirus economic relief package, Pelosi announces
March 13: Democratic congressional leaders and the Trump administration reached a deal on an economic package to help Americans cope with the impact of the coronavirus, according to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who spent days negotiating it with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.
The legislation would ensure sick leave for affected workers and include money for testing for Americans, including the uninsured. Trump and lawmakers have been under pressure to ease fears over the spread of coronavirus, which has halted many parts of public life, forced the closure of schools and pummeled financial markets.
President Donald Trump, who has declared a national emergency, is expected to sign off on the deal. Later Friday, the House overwhelmingly passed the legislation. The bill now heads to the Senate for an expected vote on Monday.
Trump said he encouraged Republican and Democratic lawmakers to "VOTE YES" on the package.
Dow soars 1,900 points after US acts
March 13: Stocks recovered Friday following a brutal week of selling after President Donald Trump declared a national emergency over the fast-spreading coronavirus, a move that will free up about $50 billion in federal aid to combat the global pandemic.
Trump also announced new efforts to expand testing for the virus. Investors were anticipating an aid package from Washington, a move that investors hope can stem the economic damage from the virus.
The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 1,985 points to close at 23,185.62, a day after plunging 2,352 points, or 10%, for its worst loss since its nearly 23% drop on Oct. 19, 1987.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 soared 9.3% to end at 2,711.02, following record losses Thursday.
Trump declares national emergency
March 13: President Donald Trump declared a national emergency Friday to free up billions of dollars to combat the coronavirus as he sought to persuade anxious Americans and battered financial markets that he was responding forcefully to the crisis.
"I am officially declaring a national emergency. Two very big words," Trump told reporters in the Rose Garden. As the outbreak has shuttered schools, sporting events and even Broadway, Trump has come under intense criticism for his handling of the pandemic, including an Oval Office address he delivered Wednesday that was marred by factual errors. Medical experts say there’s an acute shortage of coronavirus testing kits, the number of infections has soared and Wall Street suffered its worst day Thursday since the financial crash of 1987.
The emergency declaration would enable federal officials to direct billions of dollars in disaster money to responders fighting the virus.
House to vote on sweeping aid package
March 13: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House would move forward with a vote Friday on a sweeping package to confront the coronavirus.
The bill would include free virus testing for all Americans, including the uninsured, as well as two weeks of paid sick leave for those who have to skip work due to the virus. It would also included expanded federal food assistance, such as seniors’ meals, student lunches and food banks.
"The three most important parts of this bill are: testing, testing, testing,” she said in her televised remarks at the U.S. Capitol.
Arizona's case count holds at 9
March 13: The number of presumptive positive and confirmed cases of new coronavirus in Arizona remained at nine Friday — the same number it has been since Wednesday.
Testing is increasing. A total of 143 people in the state have been tested for the new virus, also called COVID-19, the state's numbers say. Forty test results were pending as of Friday morning and test samples belonging to 94 people have been ruled negative.
A COVID-19 information hotline has been set up at 1-844-542-8201.
These schools have closed despite state's advice
March 13: Several Arizona school districts have so far announced closures amid coronavirus concerns.
The Osborn School Distirct and the Cartwright School District, both in Phoenix, announced their decisions Thursday night to close schools until further notice. Kyrene School District, which has schools in Ahwatukee, Tempe and Chandler, also announced its decision to close, as did the Tempe Elementary School District.
"We believe this proactive measure will keep our families safe," Cartwright Superintendent LeeAnn-Aguilar Lawlor wrote in a statement. "As you already know, during spring break we are disinfecting all schools and district facilities and we will continue to use sanitary methods to keep our school community safe."
Alhambra Elementary School District made a similar announcement earlier in the day.
Student debt relief, airline help on table for next US deal
March 13: Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said debt relief for student loans and help for the hard-hit airline industry are under consideration for the next coronavirus rescue package. Speaking to CNBC as a deal was imminent on a separate, near-term package that includes paid emergency leave, Mnuchin said President Donald Trump has no intention of closing financial markets.
Mnuchin also said:
- Congress and the administration have "100 things on our list” for the next possible package, and added “The president wants a stimulus package."
- Financial authorities are ready to provide liquidity to parts of the economy taking a hit from shutdowns.
- A “big rebound” in economic activity could come by the end of the year, drawing a contrast with the Great Recession that began after the 2008 market meltdown.
- "This not like financial crisis where people don't know when this will end…By the end of the year, we're going to expect we're going to have a big rebound in economic activity," he said.
- Asked about suspending student debt of three months, Mnuchin said: "That's on our list of 50 different items we're bringing to the president for a decision." He added. “We're like in the second inning of getting things done. We'll be passing more legislation."
- He’s spoken to the airlines: "That is the next priority on my list," Mnuchin said while also mentioning hotels, the cruise industry and small businesses.
- Tariff rollbacks are not under consideration by Trump.
March 13: Amid concern over coronavirus, Arizona Public Service Co. will not shut off power to customers who are unable to pay their utility bill, the company announced in a statement on its website.
“Our focus is on continuing to provide reliable electricity while supporting customers struggling to pay their APS bill,” the utility said.
APS acknowledged the impact of COVID-19 and said the policy will remain in effect for the immediate future.
Here's how Arizona schools and universities are responding
March 12: Arizona officials have not recommended widespread closures of K-12 schools, but at least three school districts have decided to close.
Alhambra Elementary School District said schools would not return from spring break on Monday and would remain closed indefinitely. Osborn School District said its schools will be closed for a minimum of two weeks starting Monday, and Cartwright School District will be closing all of their schools until further notice.
Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, told statewide school leaders Arizona was experiencing "minimal transmission," which contributed to the recommendation to keep schools open.
She said, "there may come a time" when state officials recommend closure but for now, it might contribute to the spread of disease by putting children in contact with people who are not in their school community.
Meanwhile, all three state universities and Grand Canyon University have temporarily moved classes online or extended spring break to lessen the spread of the new coronavirus, affecting hundreds of thousands of students.
Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University announced they would move classes online for at least two weeks. The University of Arizona announced it would delay its return from spring break and move mostly to online classes.
All three universities' campuses remained opened with residential halls and food services operational.
Maricopa Community Colleges, which serves more than 100,000 students across 10 locations, is extending the school system's spring break through March 20 and is considering moving classes online, while many smaller Arizona colleges were monitoring the situation.
Canada's Justin Trudeau in isolation after wife tests positive for coronavirus
March 12: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, has tested positive for coronavirus.
Cameron Ahmad, communications direction for the Prime Minster, released a statement, Thursday saying: "Following medical recommendations, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau was tested for COVID-19 today. The test came back positive. Also following medical advice, she will remain in isolation for the time being. She is feeling well, is taking all recommended precautions, and her symptoms remain mild."
The statement continued that Prime Minister Trudeau "is in good health with no symptoms. As a precautionary measure and following the advice of doctors, he will be in isolation for a planned period of 14 days. Also on the advice of doctors, he will not be tested at this stage since he has no symptoms. For the same reason, doctors say there is no risk to those who have been in contact with him recently."
Wynn Resorts uses thermal cameras to screen guests
March 12: Wynn Resorts is using thermal cameras to monitor the temperatures of guests in Las Vegas.
“We will be screening for temperature using non-invasive thermal cameras at all our entrances,” Wynn CEO Matt Maddox said in a statement.
The USA TODAY Network asked the company how it will use temperature readings:
"Any person registering a temperature of 100.4F or higher will be discreetly informed by a trained member of the security team and not be permitted to remain inside the resort," a company statement said.
The casino gaming company will also cancel all nightclub and theater events.
Pelosi, White House struggle to come together on deal
March 12: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin were working into the night Thursday to find common ground on a measure to stem the economic damage from the coronavirus.
Democrats want to vote on legislation to offer paid sick leave for workers, additional food assistance, free coronavirus testing and bolstered unemployment insurance among the provisions. But the proposal has been met with skepticism from President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans who raised concerns about some of the provisions and the costs incurred by businesses.
After at least seven phone calls between Pelosi and Mnuchin, a deal appeared closer.
One hurdle that appears to have been crossed was Republican opposition to sick leave because of the costs to businesses that implement a mandatory leave due to the coronavirus. A aide familiar with the discussions said Democrats were able to keep in paid sick leave by offering additional tax credits that will help small and medium-sized businesses pay for the policy.
If a deal is struck, the House could vote to approve the bill as early as Thursday night.
Prospective jurors who are sick advised to call the court's Jury Office
Maricopa County Superior Court is asking prospective jurors who are sick to call the Jury Office to discuss postponing their service, according to spokeswoman Amy Love.
Court employees who are sick are being asked to stay home, according to Love. Employees were asked to voluntarily notify human resources if they traveled internationally, have been on a cruise in the past two weeks or are scheduled to do so in the future.
The court also increased its cleaning frequency for public areas, including restrooms, elevators, jury assembly rooms and courtrooms.
Prospective jurors who are sick should call the Jury Office to discuss postponing service at 602-506-5879.
Disneyland shuts its doors until end of March
March 12: Disneyland announced Thursday it would be shutting its doors starting Saturday through the end of March in the wake of growing concerns in the U.S. and around the world about the coronavirus pandemic.
"While there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at Disneyland Resort, after carefully reviewing the guidelines of the Governor of California’s executive order and in the best interest of our guests and employees, we are proceeding with the closure of Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park," the theme park said in a statement.
"The Hotels of Disneyland Resort will remain open until Monday, March 16 to give guests the ability to make necessary travel arrangements; Downtown Disney will remain open," the statement continued. "We will monitor the ongoing situation and follow the advice and guidance of federal and state officials and health agencies. Disney will continue to pay cast members during this time."
"Disneyland Resort will work with guests who wish to change or cancel their visits, and will provide refunds to those who have hotel bookings during this closure period," the statement said. "We anticipate heavy call volume over the next several days and appreciate guests’ patience as we work hard to respond to all inquiries."
NCAA cancels March Madness
March 12: The NCAA announced that all its winter and spring championships — including March Madness — have been canceled, following moves by other major sports leagues.
"Today, NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors canceled the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments, as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships," a statement from the NCAA said. "This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities.
This is the first time a men's basketball champion will not be decided since NCAA postseason play began in 1939, and a first for women since the NCAA took over that tournament in 1981-1982.
RELACIONADO: Conference basketball tournaments canceled, too
It's official: US stocks are in bear market
March 12: The stock market rout intensified on Thursday, with the Standard & Poor's 500 tumbling into a bear market for the first time since the financial crisis.
The S&P 500 dropped 9.5%, the day after President Donald Trump banned travel from Europe to stem the economic fallout from the virus. A series of distressing headlines followed, including suspension of the NBA y NHL seasons. los MLB delayed opening day games. New York state, meanwhile, will ban events of 500 people or more and impose restrictions on other gathering venues.
The S&P 500, which professional investors watch closely as a gauge for the health of the markets, fell into a bear market, or a drop of 20% from its peak, ending the longest bull market in Wall Street history.
The Dow Jones industrial average, which fell into bear market territory Wednesday, plunged 2,200 points, or 10% — its biggest one-day percentage drop since the 1987 market crash.
UA delays return from spring break, goes mostly online until April
The University of Arizona will delay the start of classes after spring break and move mostly to online classes, the university announced Wednesday night, although dorms and food halls will remain open.
The move comes after universities around the country, including Arizona State University, have moved online to confront COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. The situation around the virus escalated dramatically Wednesday, as the U.S. said people from Europe, excluding the United Kingdom, could not enter the country for 30 days.
UA will not start classes on Monday as planned. Instead, classes will resume next Wednesday, March 18, and move from in-person classes to online instruction "wherever possible," an email to the university community from UA President Robert Robbins said.
Cruise ships bringing 100K people to U.S. ports this week
March 12: Dozens of cruise ships were poised to hit U.S. cities as some port authorities, including those in Monterey and Santa Barbara, California, close their docks to large passenger ships.
At least 30 cruise ships at sea list port destinations in the U.S. this week, according to a USA TODAY satellite tracking analysis of 380 of the world’s largest cruise ships.
That means upward of 100,000 people – 70% of them passengers – could look to come ashore at a range of U.S. ports, based on the average capacity of the ships from cruisemapper.com.
None of the ships at sea has reported passengers with symptoms of the new coronavirus, or COVID-19. Such a report could, as was the case with the Grand Princess, trigger changed itineraries, port delays, helicopter evacuations and long quarantines.
Navajo Nation declares state of emergency
March 11: The Navajo Nation declared a state of emergency amid concerns of the new coronavirus spreading throughout the world.
"There are no confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus on the Navajo Nation, however the declaration is a proactive measure to help ensure the Navajo Nation preparedness and the health and well-being of the Navajo people," the tribe said in a written statement.
The tribe added that it was restricting all work-related travel off the reservation for executive branch employees until further notice.
Glendale shutting down adult center, senior classes
March 11: The city of Glendale announced on Wednesday that it is shutting down the Glendale Adult Center on Saturday, along with senior classes and gatherings amid growing concerns surrounding the new coronavirus.
"The most vulnerable members of our community are our senior population," the city said in a statement Wednesday evening.
Glendale will also suspend senior adult classes and senior gatherings at Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center and city libraries.
NBA shuts down after Utah center tests positive for coronavirus
March 11: los NBA announced Wednesday night it is suspending its season after a Utah Jazz player preliminarily tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
The league said it is halting operations “following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice. The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”
Trump restricts Europe travel for 30 days
March 11: Trump said the administration would restrict “all travel” to the U.S. from Europe, which is reeling from the epidemic, for the next 30 days. The United Kingdom will be exempt from the new limits, which Trump said will go into effect on Friday at midnight.
“These restrictions will be adjusted subject to conditions on the ground,” the president said of the European Union travel curbs.
Italy has been hit the hardest, with more than 12,000 confirmed infections and more than 800 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. France, Spain and Germany each have about 2,000 confirmed cases.
The administration has already restricted travel from China and Iran. Trump has repeatedly trumpeted his early move to limit travel from China, saying the decision saved lives. Experts say it likely slowed the arrival of the virus in the United States.
ASU goes online-only for 2 weeks
March 11: Arizona State University announced Wednesday that its classes will move online for two weeks starting March 16 as a wave of universities across the country have made similar changes to address the new coronavirus, known as COVID-19, pandemic.
Last week, ASU, one of the largest universities in the U.S., started testing programs for faculty to move their classes online via video-teleconferencing software called Zoom.
Despite one of the country’s first confirmed cases being a member of the ASU community, the university did not immediately move courses entirely online. Students posted on social media complaining about classes continuing as normal, and an online petition to cancel in-person classes drew more than 25,000 signatures.
Beyond the logistical complexities of moving an entire student body to fully online classes, many students rely on universities for housing, food and employment, making a transition away from in-person college life difficult.
5 polling places for presidential primary relocated
March 11: The Maricopa County Elections Department will move five polling places from senior living facilities for next week's Presidential Preference Election in light of concerns about the new coronavirus.
The five locations — one in Scottsdale, one in Sun City, one in Phoenix and two in Chandler — have been relocated to nearby community spaces.
"Because they were at the homes of older adults and those with serious chronic medical conditions, we made the decision to relocate these polling locations to nonresidential facilities," Maricopa County Elections Department spokeswoman Megan Gilbertson said in a statement.
Target, Walmart and others are limiting purchases of supplies
March 11: Shoppers hoping to stock up on hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes are running out of options as more coronavirus cases continue to surge.
Many stores including Target, Walmart, Kroger and Publix are restricting shoppers by placing limits on how many of these COVID-19-related items that shoppers can buy with signs citing "high demand" or "increased demand."
Walmart said that store managers have been authorized to "manage their inventory, including the discretion to limit sales quantities on items that are in unusually high demand." The limits can vary by location.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signs emergency health declaration
March 11: Gov. Doug Ducey declared a public health emergency on Wednesday afternoon in response to the new coronavirus, hours after health officials announced a ninth case in the state.
The governor said the declaration will allow the state to tap into emergency funding and give health officials additional authority to procure needed medical supplies as Arizona authorities expect additional cases of the virus to emerge.
Ducey also issued an executive order that calls on insurance companies to cover the full cost of testing and on heightened prevention measures at nursing homes.
The virus first emerged in Arizona in January when a person connected to Arizona State University and who had traveled to Wuhan, China, tested positive for the virus. Eight more cases have emerged since March 3, including in people who have not traveled recently.
Thirty-two tests were pending as of Wednesday morning.
Dow tumbles into bear market as coronavirus fears intensify
March 11: Stocks tumbled again as fears about the economic damage from the coronavirus intensified and investors questioned whether any economic response from Washington would be enough.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 1,464 points, dragging it 20% below the record set last month and putting it in a bear market. The broader S&P 500 index, which professional investors watch more closely, is a single percentage point away from falling into its own bear market, which would end the longest bull market in Wall Street history.
The decline has been one of the swiftest sell-offs of this magnitude. The fastest the S&P 500 has ever fallen from a record into a bear market was over 55 days in 1987.
Wednesday's day’s loss wiped out a 1,167-point gain for the Dow from Tuesday and stands as the index’s second-largest point drop, trailing only Monday’s plunge of 2,013.
Arizona to receive more than $12 million from CDC for COVID-19 response
Updated on March 12
March 11: Arizona was designated to receive more than $12 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in support of the state's response to the new coronavirus, the Arizona Department of Health Services announced in a press release Thursday.
To help in the nation's response to the growing number of COVID-19 cases nationally, the CDC would award more than $560 million to various state and local jurisdictions, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday. Arizona was set to receive $12.4 million, according to Arizona DHS.
This is in addition to the $500,000 already received from the CDC on March 4.
Alex Azar, U.S. health department secretary, said in its press release the funding would be distributed "extremely rapidly, as called for by Congress." However, the release did not specify when the funding would be released.
WHO declares virus crisis a pandemic
March 11: The World Health Organization declared Wednesday that the global coronavirus crisis is now a pandemic. Still, some are asking, What took so long?
WHO added that it's not too late for countries to act. By reversing course and using the charged word “pandemic” that it previously shied away from, the U.N. health agency sought to shock lethargic countries into pulling out all the stops.
“We have called every day for countries to take urgent and aggressive action. We have rung the alarm bell loud and clear,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO chief.
"All countries can still change the course of this pandemic. If countries detect, test, treat, isolate, trace and mobilize their people in the response," he said. “We are deeply concerned by the alarming levels of spread and severity and by the alarming levels of inaction.”
3 new presumptive positive cases bring state total to 9
The Maricopa County Health Department on Wednesday morning confirmed that one of the new cases is in Maricopa County, in a man in his 90s who is recovering in the hospital in stable condition.
The Maricopa County Department of Public Health is working to identify close contacts of the man to prevent further spread of the infection.
The other two new cases are in Pinal County.
Intel says employee who recently traveled to Chandler has COVID-19
March 10: Intel confirmed one of its employees who was recently on a business trip at its Chandler campus contracted the new coronavirus.
The employee was on the Chandler campus near Chandler Boulevard and Rural Road on March 2 and 3, company spokesperson Linda Qian told The Arizona Republic. They have not been to any other Intel campuses in the preceding 14 days or since then, she said.
Qian declined to comment on when or where the employee was diagnosed with the disease, also known as COVID-19. Globally, Intel employees who were able to work remotely had the option to do so, according to Qian.
Maricopa County Department of Public Health spokesperson Jeanene Fowler declined to comment about the case, citing confidentiality reasons.
US stocks rebound after roller coaster day of trading
March 10: U.S. stocks bounced back Tuesday, a day after crude suffered a historic rout while the broader stock market recorded its worst day since the financial crisis.
The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 1,167 points, or 4.9%, to close at 25,018.16, in a wild trading session that saw the blue-chip average swing 1,330 points from its high to its low.
Tuesday's moves came after the Dow plunged more than 2,000 points on Monday.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 climbed 4.9% Tuesday to end at 2,882.23, after the broad index posted its worst one-day percentage drop since October 2008 on Monday. The index is off about 15% from its Feb. 19 record. The technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite climbed 4.9% to finish at 8,344.25.
Breaking a quarantine could mean jail
A Missouri man who broke a self-quarantine as a family member was sickened with the new coronavirus was warned that if it happens again, he and his family will be required to stay put "by the force of law."
Does that mean someone could face prison time for breaking a quarantine? In some cases, yes.
"Isolation for public health purposes may be voluntary or compelled by federal, state, or local public health order," the CDC says on its website.
People with high risk of exposure to the virus could face quarantine or isolation under public health orders, the CDC says.
Isolation occurs when a person is known or believed to be infected with a disease. Quarantine occurs when a person may have been exposed to a disease but is not yet symptomatic.
Number of pending tests soars in Arizona
March 10: Arizona's count of presumed-positive and confirmed new-coronavirus cases remained at six Tuesday morning, but testing for the virus was increasing.
The state had tested a total of 84 people for the novel virus, which means 28 additional tests were done in the past day.
Fifty-one of the Arizona tests have come back negative, and the results of 27 tests were pending, up from seven on Monday.
Six cases have been either confirmed or presumed positive — one in Pima County, two in Maricopa County and three in Pinal County.
State says Arizonans are at 'heightened risk' for new coronavirus
March 9: Arizonans are at "heightened risk" for the new coronavirus and state health officials are particularly worried about older adults, including those in nursing homes.
"Arizonans should be concerned about the possibility of getting COVID-19," Dr. Cara Christ, the Arizona Department of Health Services director, said Monday. "I would say that the risk to Arizonans is heightened. … Act like everyone has it."
In light of news that there had been community spread of COVID-19 in Arizona, Christ and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey briefed reporters in a joint press conference about new precautions the state is taking, specifically with older adults and people with serious health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease and lung problems.
Pima County confirms presumptive positive case, bringing Arizona to 6
March 9: Officials confirmed a Pima County resident was diagnosed with the new coronavirus and presumed to be Arizona's sixth case, according to a press release from the Pima County Health Department.
The resident of unincorporated Pima County was confirmed presumptive positive, the press release said. They had recently returned from travel in an area with community spread of the virus, the press release said.
"This individual is not severely ill, is currently recovering at home in isolation and has been fully cooperative with public health monitoring," the press release said.
US stocks have worst day since 2008
March 9: U.S. stocks endured their worst drop since 2008 on Monday as a free fall in oil prices and mounting coronavirus cases frightened investors and pushed major indexes to the edge of bear market.
The heavy selling began in Asian markets late Sunday, spread throughout Europe on Monday and sent prices plunging on everything from bank stocks and oil futures to U.S. Treasury securities:
- The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 2,013.76 points, or 7.8%, to close at 23,851.02 — it's worst one-day percentage drop since October 2008.
- The Standard & Poor’s 500 fell 225.81 points, or 7.6%, to end at 2,746.56, its biggest one-day percentage decline since December 2008.
- The Nasdaq Composite dropped 624.94 points, or 7.3%, to finish at 7,950.68, putting the technology-heavy index 19% below last month's record.
Arizona's count stands at 5, but tests pending
To date, 56 Arizonans have been tested for COVID-19 infection and 44 have had negative results. Five cases were either confirmed or presumed positive, and seven were pending, meaning there could be more cases announced soon.
All five confirmed and presumptive positive cases have been in either Maricopa or Pinal counties, and Arizona is one of a minority of states where "community transmission" of the novel virus has occurred.
Rep. Paul Gosar to self-quarantine after contact with coronavirus patient
March 8: Rep. Paul Gosar announced Sunday that he and several members of his staff had “sustained contact” with a person who has tested positive for the new coronavirus, and was putting himself and those staffers into self-quarantine.
The exposure happened at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in the Washington area, Gosar, R-Ariz., said in a statement.
Son of Pinal County health care worker positive for coronavirus
March 8: A Queen Creek town official said a local student has a confirmed case of Coronavirus.
In a Facebook post from Queen Creek Town Councilmember Jeff Brown explained on Sunday that the son of a Pinal County health care worker, that was confirmed positive for the virus on Saturday, also has a confirmed diagnosis.
Rep. Paul Gosar, staff to self-quarantine after contact with coronavirus patient
March 8: Rep. Paul Gosar announced Sunday that he and several members of his staff had “sustained contact” with a person who has tested positive for the new coronavirus, and was putting himself and those staffers into self-quarantine.
The exposure happened at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in the Washington area, Gosar, R-Ariz., said in a statement.
2 additional positive cases in Pinal County
March 8: State officials on Saturday morning said two additional presumptive positive cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the state, bringing Arizona's total to 5 cases.
In a press release, the ADHS said the two additional cases are in Pinal County and that they are from the same household as the current Pinal County case.
21 test positive for coronavirus on Grand Princess
March 6: Vice President Mike Pence said Friday that the Princess Cruises' Grand Princess cruise ship off the coast of California will dock this weekend in a “non-commercial port,” and that all passengers and crew will be tested for the coronavirus.
Speaking at the White House on Friday evening, Pence said that 46 people aboard the ship had been swabbed. Of those, 21 tested positive for the virus, he said, 24 were negative and one of the tests was inconclusive. Pence said that of the 21 who tested positive, 19 were crew members and two were passengers.
"It’s very likely that the crew was exposed on two different outings," Pence said. "And we know the coronavirus manifested among the previous passengers."
The vice president said that crew members would likely be quarantined on the ship.
3rd case of coronavirus diagnosed in Arizona
March 6: A third person in Arizona has been diagnosed with COVID-19, also known as the new coronavirus, the Arizona Department of Health Services announced.
This is the second presumptive positive case identified by the Arizona State Public Health Laboratory, according to an ADHS news release. A presumptive positive result is when a patient has tested positive by a public health laboratory, but results were pending confirmation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The person is a woman in her 40s who is hospitalized, the release stated.
"The COVID-19 outbreak is rapidly evolving and based on events in other states, we expect additional cases and community spread in Arizona," Dr. Cara Christ, ADHS director, said in the release.
State and local public health officials were investigating to identify any close contacts that may have been exposed, the release stated. Identified individuals will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms.
6 Scottsdale first responders in isolation after transporting coronavirus patient
March 5: A Scottsdale fire crew and an ambulance crew have been put under isolation protocol after transporting the state's second confirmed case of the new coronavirus, according to the city of Scottsdale.
The newer case was confirmed by the Arizona Department of Health Services on Tuesday morning to be a Maricopa County man in his 20s.
Scottsdale Fire Department paramedics assisted Maricopa Ambulance in taking the man to a hospital, according to Kelly Corsette, a spokesman for Scottsdale.
After the man tested positive for the new coronavirus, the four-person fire crew and two-person ambulance crew were "excluded from work" and following the social distancing guidelines for 12 to 14 days as directed by Maricopa County Department of Public Health, Corsette said.
One Scottsdale fire employee had since been cleared for work and none of crew members involved had shown any symptoms of illness.
U.S. officials add screenings at nation's borders
March 5: Federal officials in the United States have implemented some additional measures along the country's borders with Canada and Mexico to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. To date, CBP has referred more than 60,000 people to the CDC for additional health screenings, Morgan said.
Top leaders at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the agency responsible for securing the country's land, air and sea borders, assured the public they were prepared. They detailed some of the procedures in place to keep potentially infected travelers out, even shutting down the U.S.-Mexico border if needed.
Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan told reporters on Thursday morning they are working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor and evaluate health risks.
To date, CBP has referred more than 60,000 people to the CDC for additional health screenings, Morgan said.
Most of those screenings and procedures are taking place at airports, CBP said.
Valley Metro enhances cleaning process for coronavirus
March 5:Valley Metro is enhancing its cleaning regimen for its fleet of buses, light rail and transit vehicles in the wake of the coronavirus, according to a statement released Wednesday.
The agency said it uses a regularly scheduled cleaning process for its fleet and public spaces. But with the new coronavirus, which can cause the disease COVID-19, the agency is going further.
"With the advent of COVID-19 in the U.S., we are enhancing the cleaning and disinfecting regimens on public transit," the statement reads.
High-touch areas, such as stanchions, hand rails, seat rails and fareboxes, on buses and the light-rail fleet are wiped down each day and disinfected several times a week. Floors are vacuumed and mopped, seats are cleaned and walls are wiped down regularly, the agency stated.
At light-rail stations, fare vending machines, handrails and water fountains, call boxes, seats and armrests are also cleaned daily and disinfected.
BEST DEFENSE: Wash your hands to guard against coronavirus.
Trump disputes WHO's death rate of 3.4%
March 5: President Donald Trump, citing only a "hunch," called the coronavirus death rate of 3.4% provided by world health leaders "false."
Asked about WHO's coronavirus fatality rate findings during an interview Wednesday, Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity: "Well, I think the 3.4% is really a false number."
He added, "now, this is just my hunch … based on a lot of conversations with a lot of people that do this, because a lot of people will have this, and it's very mild."
Trump later put the number at less than 1%.
Cruise ship kept off West Coast amid fears
March 5: A cruise ship was being held off the coast of San Francisco on Thursday amid fears that more than 3,500 passengers and crew may have been exposed to the coronavirus blamed for almost 3,300 deaths worldwide.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom said the Grand Princess was sailing with 62 passengers who company officials say had been on the ship's previous voyage with a 71-year-old man who eventually died from the virus. The current cruise was scheduled to arrive in San Francisco on Wednesday but will not return to port until testing can take place, Newsom said. Test kits were being flown onto the ship, he said.
More than 20 passengers and crew members have developed symptoms consistent with COVID-19, Newsom said.
Passengers flying from Sky Harbor test positive
March 4: A husband and wife who returned to Canada on a flight from Sky Harbor International Airport on Feb. 28 were confirmed to have the new coronavirus, according to a March 6 press release from Region of Peel Public Health.
The couple was traveling on the Grand Princess Cruise ship between Feb. 11 and 21, the press release said. At least 21 people on board have confirmed cases of the disease, also known as COVID-19.
They went to a hospital on March 4 because of symptoms associated with COVID-19 and were "quickly identified and isolated," the press release said.
During their return, they may have been able to pass the virus to others, according to the press release. Passengers seated in rows 18 to 22 of WestJet flight 1199 that was flying to Toronto Pearson Airport from Sky Harbor Feb 28 are directed to self-isolate and call their local public health service.
Feds give Arizona $500,000 to fight coronavirus
March 4: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, announced on Wednesday that it plans to give $500,000 in initial funding to support Arizona's response to the outbreak.
The Wednesday statement added that the CDC will also award an initial $25 million cooperative agreement to states and local jurisdictions who have "borne the largest burden of response and preparedness activities to date."
An initial $10 million cooperative agreement will also be given to jurisdictions to begin "implementation of coronavirus surveillance across the U.S."
The statement did not specify whether Arizona would be a recipient of those funds.
US death toll hits 11
March 4: As the U.S. death toll hit 11 Wednesday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and county officials declared states of emergency and announced six additional cases of the new coronavirus.
More than 130 cases have been confirmed across the nation. Los Angeles had confirmed just one before Wednesday's announcement.
A death reported Wednesday by California's Placer County, near Sacramento, represents the first fatality outside of Washington state.
County officials referred to the victim as "an elderly adult with underlying health conditions."https://www.azcentral.com/" They said the patient was in isolation at a local hospital and was probably exposed to the virus on a trip aboard a Princess cruise ship that traveled from San Francisco to Mexico.
WHO: Face mask, gloves shortages risk lives
March 4: A severe and mounting disruption to the global supply of masks, respirators, gloves and other personal protective equipment is putting lives at risk from the new coronavirus and other infectious diseases, WHO said. The agency blamed the shortage on rising demand due to panic buying, hoarding and misuse, and it called for a 40% increase in production. Physicians, nurses and other frontline workers are "dangerously ill-equipped" to care for COVID-19 patients, WHO said.
“Without secure supply chains, the risk to health care workers around the world is real," Tedros said in a statement. "Industry and governments must act quickly to boost supply, ease export restrictions and put measures in place to stop speculation and hoarding."
Death rate rises to 3.4%
March 4: The death rate among reported coronavirus patients is now about 3.4%, a far higher percentage than previous estimates, the World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says. He said the virus is more lethal than the flu, which kills tens of thousands of Americans each year, but does not spread as easily.
The death rate for the seasonal flu in the U.S. is far less than 1%. Previous global mortality rate estimates for the coronavirus had been around 2%, and the 3.43% estimate is not firm because it remains unclear how many people actually have been infected.
"COVID-19 is a new virus to which no one has immunity," Tedros said. "That means more people are susceptible to infection, and some will suffer severe disease."
9th US. death is confirmed as WHO rejects pandemic
March 3: As the U.S. confirmed its 9th coronavirus death, World Health Organization officials defended their controversial decision not to declare a pandemic, citing nations such has Brazil that have few or no confirmed cases.
"One of the dangers of using the pandemic word is that you would want containment to continue," Michael Ryan, a physician who heads the agency's emergencies program, said. But he also said that "I would urge all our member states to be ready for very serious, sustained community transmission."
Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, said it's time to shift away from "this idea that this can be contained."
Adalja told USA TODAY that resources must be focused on "best use, which is not contact tracing. Which is not quarantining. Which is not travel screening. Which is not travel bans. It’s actually getting people on the ground to help with diagnostics. To help with public health communication. To help with hospital preparedness.”
A 2nd Arizonan has tested positive for coronavirus, health officials say
March 3: Arizona health officials said that a second person has tested positive for coronavirus in the state.
The transmission was related to travel, the Arizona Department of Health Services website said.
The case was listed as "presumptive positive," which means a test for coronavirus came back positive and the Centers for Disease Control will conduct further testing to confirm the diagnosis.
The state website said 32 people had been tested, six cases were pending and 24 cases had been ruled out.
A man who had the only confirmed case of coronavirus in Arizona was cleared and released from isolation last month.
How much will tourism drop cost Arizona?
Many flights from Asia to the U.S. have already been canceled, so how much could a drop in visitors cost Arizona?
Arizona receives 5.9 million international visitors each year. According to statistics from the Arizona Office of Tourism, in 2018, Chinese citizens accounted for 82,000 of the visitors to Arizona. South Korean citizens represented 67,000 of the visitors.
Chris Thompson, CEO of Brand USA, a public-private partnership that promotes travel to the U.S., says foreign travelers represent 11% of U.S. exports, with the average overseas visitor spending $4,500 per person. That figure grows to $7,500 for visitors from China.
Thompson said some early predictions suggest the U.S. could see a 30% drop in visitation from China, which he says could equate to a loss of $10 billion.
24 tests negative in Arizona, 1 pending
March 2: Arizona's State Public Health Laboratory has begun testing for new coronavirus in-house. The change means the state can process its own samples without relying on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
State Health Department Director Dr. Cara Christ said the lab could process up to 450 samples a day if needed, with same- or next-day turnaround.
Christ could not provide the precise number of test kits the state had on hand but said she did not anticipate shortages.
Aside from the Arizona State University community member who is out of isolation, Arizona had tested 25 people for the virus to date, with 24 individuals testing negative, Christ said. The last person's results were pending.
Some airlines waive change fees amid crisis
American Airlines and other carriers, worried about soft ticket sales, are taking the unprecedented step of broadly waiving those hefty ticket change and cancellation fees for new ticket purchases.
JetBlue started the trend last week because of "evolving coronavirus concerns"https://www.azcentral.com/" and was quickly joined by Alaska Airlines, which calls it a "peace of mind"https://www.azcentral.com/" waiver.
American is the first of the big three U.S. airlines to announce the fee waiver. Delta and United have not done so but it wouldn't be surprising if they match the offer, given the competition in the airline industry. Southwest Airlines doesn't charge change fees.
NYC: 'It was a case of not if, but when'
March 2: New York state reported its first case on Monday, a 39-year-old Manhattan woman who contracted the virus while traveling in Iran. The woman, a health care worker, was isolated in her home with "respiratory symptoms" but was not in serious condition.
"We said early on it was a case of not if, but when," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference. "This is New York, we're a gateway to the world. To see all these cases around the world, around the country, of course we are going to have here."
Thousands attend Asian District fest, bucking unfounded fears
Feb. 29: A line packed with thousands of excited and hungry customers wrapped around the block outside Mesa's Asian District on Saturday night for the Asian District Night Market.
Organizers faced a challenge as the event approached: Tweets, emails and angry phone calls urged them to cancel the event due to fears of the novel coronavirus making an unwanted appearance.
Person in Washington state dies from virus, first in US
Feb. 29: Washington state officials confirmed Saturday a person died of COVID-19, marking the first death from the virus in the United States.
CDC fixes testing kit glitch
Feb. 29: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has taken steps to address problems with test kitsmailed to state and local labs.
Rep. Greg Stanton said in a letter that "top public health officials" told him kits sent Feb. 11 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the Arizona State Public Health Laboratory don't work as needed.
CDC officials said there were three components of the test kits for new coronavirus, but one of the components was giving inconclusive results. It was a problem nationally, not just in Arizona.
That third component can be excluded from testing without affecting accuracy, federal officials explained Friday during a new coronavirus telebriefing.
The CDC also has manufactured additional new test kits with only the two components specific to new coronavirus, an official said.
US urges Americans to reconsider travel to Italy
Feb. 28: A U.S. government advisory urged Americans to reconsider traveling to Italy due to the spread of the virus.
The U.S. State Department issued late Friday a level three advisory – the second-highest level of warning – for Italy, saying the CDC recommended “avoiding nonessential travel."
First case identified in Oregon
Feb. 28: One person has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus in Oregon, according to the Salem Register-Guard.
State health officials said the person is a resident of Washington County, in the northwestern portion of the state west of Portland, and was not involved in any travel that would have led them to contract the virus.
2nd California case of community transmission ID'd
Feb. 28: Health officials have confirmed the second case of novel coronavirus in the United States believed to have been transmitted to a person who didn’t travel internationally or come in close contact with anyone who had it.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday, Feb. 28, that officials are “aware of a second possible instance of community spread of COVID-19 in California." The CDC said in a statement that the patient has tested positive for the virus and is considered a presumptive positive case.
Health officials in San Jose said the patient was an older adult woman with chronic health conditions who does not have a travel history or any known contact with a traveler or infected person. It came a day after state officials said a woman hospitalized at UC Davis Health Center in Sacramento had contracted the illness after no known contact.
What to know before you book a trip abroad
Concerns over the spread of the new COVID-19 coronavirus have a lot of people wondering: Should I book that summer vacation? Should I still go on that cruise?
First know the facts. Check the World Health Organization's situation map of where cases have occurred. Also see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's coronavirus website. It has information about the disease and country-specific advisories.
The Arizona Republic's Melissa Yeager has a step-by-step guide to assessing — or reassessing — your travel plans. The guidance includes:
- Enrolling in the State Department's Smart Traveler program.
- Checking travel advisories.
- Reading the CIA's assessment of the country.
- Checking cancellation policies.
- Booking with a credit card and researching protections.
- Buying travel insurance.
WHO increases coronavirus risk to 'very high'
Feb. 28: The World Health Organization increased its coronavirus risk assessment to "very high" as cases outside of China continue to increase. But officials caution the virus can still be contained if the chain of transmission can be broken.
"What we see at the moment are linked epidemics of COVID-19 in several countries, but most cases can still be traced to known contacts or clusters of cases. We do not see evidence as yet that the virus is spreading freely in communities," said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director general.
"As long as that’s the case, we still have a chance of containing this coronavirus, if robust action is taken to detect cases early, isolate and care for patients and trace contacts."
ASU cancels South Korea study abroad programs
Feb. 27: Arizona State University has canceled its study abroad programs in South Korea because of the new coronavirus outbreak, the university announced.
The decision, effective Wednesday, comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced South Korea had been elevated to a Level 3 warning, recommending no non-essential travel to the country.
The university had previously banned all travel to China for students amid the outbreak of the virus, also known as COVID-19.
CDC confirms first 'unknown' coronavirus case in California
26 de febrero: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed an infection in California that would represent the first U.S. person to contract the virus despite not visiting a foreign country recently or coming in contact with an infected patient.
"At this time, the patient’s exposure is unknown,"https://www.azcentral.com/" the CDC said in a statement. "It’s possible this could be an instance of community spread of COVID-19, which would be the first time this has happened in the United States.
This brought the number of coronavirus cases detected in the U.S. to 15, with 12 of them related to travel and the other two to direct contact with a patient. There are another 42 Americans who tested positive on the Diamond Princess cruise ship that was quarantined in Japan, and three detected in Wuhan, China.
Arizona patient released from isolation
Feb. 21: The patient with Arizona's only case of COVID-19 was released from isolation, 26 days after his diagnosis was first confirmed.
He was released from isolation after multiple negative tests by the CDC for COVID-19.
Arizona's first case confirmed
Jan. 26: Arizona's first case of COVID-19 was confirmed with a male patient in his 20s who is part of the Arizona State University community.
The man, whose name and more specific relationship to ASU were not released, had been traveling in Wuhan, China before his diagnosis in Maricopa County.
He did not live in university housing, and was isolated to prevent the spread of the illness.
¿Cuáles son los síntomas del coronavirus?
Common signs of infection include fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. If it worsens, it can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure or even death.
The virus can be spread from animals to people. But it also can be spread by coughing, sneezing and through close contact with an infected person or an object carrying the virus. Experts are still figuring out how long an infected person is contagious as they try to determine a point of transmission.
Coronaviruses are found in a variety of animals. If passed from animal to human, the virus can change and infect other humans, who can spread the infection to others, according to the CDC.
Those most at risk are the elderly and people who are sick with other conditions.
USA TODAY and The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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