Medical workers outside Mechnikov North-Western State Medical University, where students have been place under quarantine, in St. Petersburg, Russia.

March 9 coronavirus news

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3:42 p.m. ET, March 9, 2020

Woman in her 60s dies from coronavirus in California

A woman in her 60s is the first coronavirus-related death in Santa Clara County.

The woman, who had been hospitalized for several weeks, is believed to have contracted the virus through community transmission, according to a statement from the county’s health department.

This case was previously announced on February 28.

“This is a tragic development. The Public Health Department is taking necessary, carefully considered steps to slow down the spread of the disease and to protect those at greatest risk,” said Dr. Sara Cody, health officer for Santa Clara County. “We are facing a historic public health challenge and know this is a very difficult time. Our top priority continues to be protecting the health of our community.”

3:33 p.m. ET, March 9, 2020

China coronavirus cases are slowing, and schools and shops are reopening

The numbers of new daily confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in China have dropped over the past few weeks.

China's National Health Commission reported 40 new confirmed cases of the virus Sunday, the lowest number of new cases in a day since Jan. 18. 

Some shopping and dining attractions at Shanghai Disney Resort resumed operations Monday “as the first step of a phased reopening,” the Shanghai Disney announced in a statement. 

Twelve out of 14 filed hospitals in Wuhan have been closed after many patients were discharged, according to China's state media People’s Daily. 

And northwest China’s Qinghai province became the first province to reopen its schools in China, with more than 100 high schools opening earlier today.

3:26 p.m. ET, March 9, 2020

Ohio declares a state of emergency due to coronavirus

Ohio has declared a state of emergency over coronavirus concerns, Gov. Mike DeWine tweeted.

The declaration comes after three people in his state tested positive for coronavirus.

3:22 p.m. ET, March 9, 2020

Most US deaths from coronavirus involve patients 70 or older

The vast majority of US deaths from coronavirus appear to involve patients ages 70 and up, based on broad age range information provided by health authorities.

Officials provided basic age information in only 18 of the 22 US death cases. 

Of those 18, seven were in their 70s, five were in their 80s, three were in their 90s, two were in their 50s and one was in their 60s.

A 19th patient was described as “elderly,” but no age range was given.

This is in line with what US Surgeon General Jerome Adams told CNN Sunday about the pandemic in general — that the average age of those who died from the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus was 80, and that the average age of those seeking medical treatment was 60.

3:00 p.m. ET, March 9, 2020

Do people who have recovered from novel coronavirus become immune to it?

It's too early to know for sure. But other coronaviruses, like ones that cause the common cold, might give us clues.

With "common cold coronaviruses, you don't actually have immunity that lasts for very long, and so we don't know the answer with this specific coronavirus," said Dr. Celine Gounder, a professor of medicine and infectious diseases at the New York University School of Medicine.

"If you recover, are you immune? And if you are immune, how long does that last? And that's actually going to be one of the challenges with designing a vaccine is how do you actually cause the immunity to last long enough to protect you."

2:59 p.m. ET, March 9, 2020

New York City mayor says 24 people are in mandatory quarantine

There are now 24 people in mandatory quarantine and 2,019 in voluntary isolation across New York City, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The mayor said city officials have evidence that those in quarantine are “honoring those quarantines.”

The mayor said there will be no public school international trips through the end for the school year and nurses are being added to every public school building this week. No international travel is permitted for city employees.

2:46 p.m. ET, March 9, 2020

Ireland cancels all St Patrick's Day parades

Ireland has canceled all of its annual St Patrick’s Day parades and is reviewing whether to go ahead with other events scheduled for the holiday, the Irish government said in a statement on Monday. 

Here's the government's statement:

“Due to the unique nature and scale of the St Patrick’s Day festivities, in terms of size, the mass gathering of local and international travelers, and the continued progression of community transmission in some European countries, along with the emergence of a small number of cases of local transmission in Ireland, the Government has decided that St Patrick’s Day parades, including the Dublin parade, will not proceed. This is based on the advice of the National Public Health Emergency Team. The situation in relation to other events and mass gatherings remains under review and any response will be guided by the NPHET which meets again tomorrow, along with the public health advice."
2:40 p.m. ET, March 9, 2020

Colleges should consider canceling international student travel programs, US health officials say

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged colleges and universities to considering canceling study abroad trips and other international travel for students.

Institutions of higher education "should consider asking current program participants to return to their home country," the center said in a statement, noting that "students may face unpredictable circumstances, travel restrictions, challenges in returning home or accessing health care while abroad.

Schools should work with public health officials to determine the best way to transport students home.

"All plans for returning study abroad students should be designed to protect participants from stigma and discrimination," the CDC said.

2:30 p.m. ET, March 9, 2020

Israel says anyone entering the country must self-quarantine for 14 days

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that anyone entering the country from abroad  —Israeli citizens and foreign nationals alike — must self-quarantine for 14 days. 

Those foreign nationals who are unable to demonstrate to Israeli border authorities that they will be able to self-quarantine for two weeks will not be allowed to enter the country.

“This is a difficult decision, but it is necessary to protect public health — and the public health comes before everything,” Netanyahu said in a video statement on Monday. 

“This decision will be in effect for two weeks; at the same time, we are making decisions in order to protect the economy of Israel,” he added.