Coronavirus live updates: Trump expected to declare emergency, LA schools to close

first_imgnarvikk/iStock(NEW YORK) — As the number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases and deaths continue to rise in the United States, Americans are hunkering down and more and more schools, sports leagues and amusement parks are closing.There are at least 1,701 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. and 40 coronavirus-related deaths, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Globally there are over 136,000 cases.Here’s the latest on the developing situation. All times Eastern. Please refresh this page for updates.1:22 p.m.: Louisiana delays democratic primaryLouisiana’s Democratic primary that -was scheduled for April 4 is now pushed back to June 20, Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin said Friday.One key stakeholder in the decision was to protect the election day polling commissioners as more than half of them are over 65 years old, Ardoin said.1:05 p.m.: Miami mayor tests positiveMiami Mayor Francis Suarez said Friday that he has coronavirus.The mayor added that he feels “completely healthy and strong” and will “remain isolated while I lead our government remotely. ““If we did not shake hands or you did not come into contact with me — if I coughed or sneezed — there is no action you need to take whatsoever,” Suarez said in a statement. “If we did, however, touch or shake hands, or if I sneezed or coughed near you since Monday, it is recommended that you self-isolate for 14 days, but you do not need to get tested.”According to the Miami Herald, Suarez recently attended an event with a Brazilian government official who later tested positive for coronavirus.President Donald Trump also met with that Brazilian official over the weekend at Mar-a-Lago.12:35 p.m.: Los Angeles, San Diego, West Virginia schools closeCalifornia’s two largest school districts, the Los Angeles Unified School District and the San Diego Unified School District, will close their doors on Monday to try to stop the spread of COVID-19.The two districts teach more than 750,000 students combined. Meanwhile, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced he will close his state’s public schools, saying the “risks outweigh the good.”West Virginia is just one of three states, along with Idaho and Montana, without any confirmed coronavirus cases.12:28 p.m.:Trump expected to declare national emergencyTrump is expected to declare a national emergency at a 3 p.m. press conference, four administration sources tell ABC News.It’s not clear what directives the president may issue under the order.Former DHS acting Deputy Secretary John Cohen, now an ABC contributor, said declaring a national emergency “conveys to the public that the nation faces a serious crisis and that drastic action is necessary.” Also, “it will immediately make available resources and other support that can be directed to protect communities across the nation.”12:11 p.m.: Europe now ‘epicenter’World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “Europe has now become the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, with more reported cases and deaths than the rest of the world combined, apart from China.”He urged other countries on Friday to look toward the actions of “China, South Korea, Singapore and others,” which, he said, “clearly demonstrates that aggressive testing and contact tracing, combined with social-distancing measures and community mobilization, can prevent COVID-19 infections and save lives.”“Our message to countries continues to be: You must take a comprehensive approach. Not testing alone. Not contact tracing alone. Not quarantine alone. Not social distancing alone. Do it all,” he said. “Any country that looks at the experience of other countries with large epidemics and thinks ‘that won’t happen to us’ is making a deadly mistake. It can happen to anyone.”11:25 a.m.: Drive-through mobile testing center opens in hard-hit New RochelleNew York state’s first drive-through COVID-19 mobile testing center opened in the city of New Rochelle Friday.The center will test up to 200 people on Friday and that number could reach 500 per day, the governor said.A one-mile radius “containment area” was established in New Rochelle to try to stop the virus from spreading.10:25 a.m.: Boston Marathon postponedThe 2020 Boston Marathon is postponed until Monday, Sept. 14, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced Friday.9:43 a.m.: Sen. Ted Cruz extends quarantineSen. Ted Cruz has decided to extend his self-quarantine.While the senator’s elected self-quarantine ended Thursday afternoon, he said he then learned Thursday night that “he had a second interaction” with someone who tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday.“On March 3, I met in my D.C. office with Santiago Abascal, the leader of the Vox Party in Spain. We met for about 20 minutes, sitting together at a conference table. We shook hands twice and took pictures together,” Cruz said in a statement Friday. “My understanding is that Mr. Abascal tested positive for COVID-19 last night. His staff have informed us that he was asymptomatic at the time of our meeting and that several days after our meeting he had extended interactions with another individual who has also tested positive.”“I’m still not feeling any symptoms,” Cruz went on. “But, for the same reasons I initially self-quarantined — out of an abundance of caution and to give everyone peace of mind — I am extending the self-quarantine to March 17, a full fourteen days from my meeting with Mr. Abascal.”Why some people aren’t social distancingCruz is one of nine members of Congress who have elected to self-quarantine.7:45 a.m. DC public schools to closeWashington, D.C., public schools will shutter from Monday, March 16, through the end of the month, said Mayor Muriel Bowser.After spring break next week, students will learn through “distance learning” the rest of the month, the mayor said.Children will have access to meals on the days schools are closed, the mayor said.7:34 a.m. Australian official tests positive after meeting with Ivanka TrumpAustralia’s minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton, said Friday he’s contracted coronavirus, one week after he was seen meeting with President Trump’s daughter and senior adviser, Ivanka Trump, in Washington, D.C.Dutton said in a statement, “I feel fine and will provide an update in due course.”7:16 a.m. Fauci says spread will “get worse before it gets better”Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told ABC News’ Good Morning America Friday that the coronavirus spread will “get worse before it gets better.”“There’s no doubt that we have not peaked yet,” Fauci said.“It will be at least a matter of several weeks. It’s unpredictable, but if you look at historically how these things work, it will likely be anywhere from a few weeks to up to eight weeks,” Fauci said. “I hope it’s going to be in the earlier part, two, three, four weeks, but it’s impossible to make an accurate prediction.”Fauci urged Americans to adapt to physically separating, calling it “one of the very effective ways you can really mitigate the spread.”As many Americans say they’re not getting access to COVID-19 tests, Fauci told GMA, “I think in the next week or so you’re gonna see an acceleration in the availability of tests.”As for when people should request testing, Fauci recommended that the public follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).5:42 a.m. Charles Barkley in self-quarantine, awaiting COVID-19 test resultsNBA Hall of Famer and TNT broadcaster Charles Barkley announced Thursday night that he is self-quarantining and is awaiting results from a coronavirus test.Barkley, in a phone interview with his co-hosts of NBA on TNT, said he felt sick after returning to Atlanta from a trip in New York City.“I talked to a couple people at Turner and a couple doctors and they told me to self-quarantine for the next 48 hours. I started yesterday, this is my second day,” Barkley said during the interview.“I haven’t been feeling great and they didn’t want me to take any chances … I went and took the coronavirus test late this afternoon, I have not gotten the results back,” he said. “So I’m just kinda in limbo right now. I’m really hoping it was just a bug.”Earlier this week, the NBA announced it’s suspending the 2019-2020 season due to the coronavirus. NBA commissioner Adam Silver released a statement Thursday night saying play will be suspended for at least 30 days, but that the league intends to resume play this season when it’s safe.3:18 a.m. Oregon, Michigan close all schoolsThe states of Oregon and Michigan announced they are closing all K-12 schools in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus.“This is a necessary step to protect our kids, our families, and our overall public health,” Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a statement Thursday night. “I am working with partners across state government to ensure educators, parents, and students have the support they need during this time, and to ensure our children who rely on school for meals have access to food. I know this will be a tough time, but we’re doing this to keep the most people we can safe.”There are currently at least 12 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Michigan, the state said.Oregon also announced school closures Thursday, which will be shut down through the end of March. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said she understands the burden closing schools puts on families and students, but the move was necessary for public safety.“This is a trying time for our community and I am reluctant to increase the burden on families who are already struggling to adapt to and stay healthy during this crisis,” Brown said in a statement. “However, we are left with little choice in light of school districts’ staff capacity and operational concerns.”In Oregon, there are 24 confirmed cases of COVID-19.There are zero coronavirus-related deaths in Oregon and Michigan.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 18,788 With 6 New Deaths And 7,268 Patients Recovered

first_imgSTATE News:SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 324 additional positive tests for COVID-19.Los Alamos County remains at 16 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.Today’s update announces 6 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.The New Mexico Department of Health reported today the most recent cases: 93 new cases in Bernalillo County9 new cases in Chaves County5 new cases in Cibola County1 new case in Colfax County12 new cases in Curry County64 new cases in Doña Ana County4 new cases in Eddy County1 new case in Grant County1 new case in Guadalupe County28 new cases in Lea County4 new cases in Lincoln County2 new cases in Luna County28 new cases in McKinley County5 new cases in Otero County2 new cases in Quay County5 new cases in Rio Arriba County4 new cases in Roosevelt County10 new cases in Sandoval County10 new cases in San Juan County1 new case in San Miguel County9 new cases in Santa Fe County3 new cases in Sierra County1 new case in Taos County8 new cases in Valencia County3 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Cibola County Correctional Center1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility10 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Processing CenterThe 6 additional deaths in New Mexico reported today include:A female in her 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident at The Rio at Las Estancias facility in Albuquerque.A second female in her 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual was a resident of the Princeton Place facility in Albuquerque and had underlying conditions.A female in her 60s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions.A male in his 70s from Rio Arriba County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.A male in his 80s from Sandoval County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.A female in her 60s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 607.Previously reported numbers included two cases that were duplicates (one case in Rio Arriba County, one case in San Juan County), four cases that were not lab confirmed (one case in Bernalillo County, one case in Doña County, one case in Lea County, one case in Valencia County) and five cases that have been identified as out-of-state residents ( one case in Bernalillo County, one case in Chaves County, one case Doña County and two cases in Grant County) – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 18,788 COVID-19 cases:Bernalillo County: 4,318Catron County: 4Chaves County: 260Cibola County: 292Colfax County: 12Curry County: 357Doña Ana County: 1,968Eddy County: 217Grant County: 63Guadalupe County: 28Harding County: 1Hidalgo County: 85Lea County: 506Lincoln County: 68Los Alamos County: 16Luna County: 185McKinley County: 3,896Mora County: 6Otero County: 142Quay County: 30Rio Arriba County: 271Roosevelt County: 108Sandoval County: 994San Juan County: 2,910San Miguel County: 37Santa Fe County: 482Sierra County: 25Socorro County: 68Taos County: 83Torrance County: 52Union County: 21Valencia County: 302County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:Cibola County Correctional Center: 5Otero County Prison Facility: 277Otero County Processing Center: 159Torrance County Detention Facility: 43The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 24Lea County Correctional Facility: 2Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility: 1Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1Otero County Prison Facility: 467Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1Western New Mexico Correctional Facility: 1As of today, there are 148 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.As of today, there are 7,268 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care and acute care facilities:The Adobe in Las CrucesAdvanced Health Care of Albuquerque in AlbuquerqueThe Aristocrat Assisted Living Center in AlamogordoAvamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in AlbuquerqueBear Canyon Rehabilitation Center in AlbuquerqueBeeHive Homes of Farmington in FarmingtonBloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation in BloomfieldBlue Horizon Assisted Living in Las CrucesBonney Family Home in GallupBrookdale Juan Tabo Place in AlbuquerqueCamino Healthcare in AlbuquerqueCasa Contenta Assisted Living in Rio RanchoCasa del Sol Center in Las CrucesCasa de Oro Center in Las CrucesCasa Real in Santa FeCedar Ridge Inn in Farmington Clayton Nursing and Rehab in ClaytonCrane’s Roost Care Home in AztecDesert Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in HobbsEl Castillo in Santa FeGoodLife Senior Living in CarlsbadGood Samaritan Society in Las CrucesLife Care Center of Farmington in FarmingtonMontebello on Academy in AlbuquerqueThe Neighborhood in Rio RanchoNew Mexico State Veterans’ Home in Truth or ConsequencesNorth Ridge Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in AlbuquerquePrinceton Place in AlbuquerqueRed Rocks Care Center in GallupRetirement Ranches, Inc. in ClovisRetreat Healthcare in Rio RanchoThe Rio at Las Estancias in AlbuquerqueRio Rancho Center in Rio RanchoSagecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Las CrucesSandia Ridge Center in AlbuquerqueSombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Los AlamosSierra Health Care Center, Inc. in Truth or Consequences Sierra Springs Assisted Living in Los LunasSpanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in AlbuquerqueSunset Villa Care Center in RoswellTaos Living Center in TaosWelbrook Senior Living Las Cruces in Las CrucesWhite Sands Healthcare in HobbsThe Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Get tested. Stay home, especially if you are sick. Wear a mask or face covering when in public and around others.New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing: Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell;Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers; andAsymptomatic people who are currently working.New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.last_img read more