March 6 coronavirus news

By Jessie Yeung, James Griffiths, Adam Renton, Fernando Alfonso III, Mike Hayes and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 8:19 p.m. ET, March 6, 2020
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5:11 p.m. ET, March 6, 2020

44 people confirmed to have coronavirus across New York

From CNN's Sheena Jones

At least 44 people have been confirmed to have the coronavirus across New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at an afternoon press conference.

The majority of these cases are related to the Westchester lawyer, Cuomo said.

Eight of those confirmed cases are in Westchester County and three are in Nassau County, he said.

5:05 p.m. ET, March 6, 2020

SXSW festival canceled amidst coronavirus concerns

From CNN's Jamiel Lynch

Austin Mayor Steve Adler made the announcement.
Austin Mayor Steve Adler made the announcement. KXAN

Austin city officials have announced that the annual South by Southwest tech, film and music festival has been canceled due to novel coronavirus concerns.

The festival was slated to take place March 13 – March 22.

Several high profile companies had already pulled out of the event, including Twitter, Facebook, Intel, Vevo and Mashable.

SXSW released the following statement on Twitter:

4:54 p.m. ET, March 6, 2020

Some Apple employees can work from home due to coronavirus concerns

From CNN's Kaya Yurieff

Apple is encouraging its Silicon Valley employees to work from home due to concerns over the novel coronavirus, according to a company spokesperson. Its Seattle employees can also work remotely.

The iPhone maker’s headquarters is in Cupertino, California. It also has offices in Santa Clara, California. 

Last month: Apple warned investors that the ongoing coronavirus outbreak is hurting its business more than previously expected by limiting how many devices it can make and sell in China.

Other tech giants including Facebook are also encouraging employees in the San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle to work from home.

4:23 p.m. ET, March 6, 2020

Brazil confirms 5 new cases of coronavirus

From CNN’s Shasta Darlington in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Brazil's health ministry announced five new cases of novel coronavirus at a press conference today, bringing the total number of cases to 13.

Of the confirmed cases, 10 are in Sao Paulo, one is in Rio de Janeiro, one in Espirito Santo and one in Bahia, the statement said.

4:44 p.m. ET, March 6, 2020

President Trump lands in Georgia for a tour of the CDC

From CNN's Kristen Holmes

Pool
Pool

Air Force One is wheels down in Georgia, where President Trump is expected to visit the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The President is expected to get a 4 p.m. ET briefing on efforts to contain coronavirus as well as a tour of the headquarters. 

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham confirmed the visit this morning — just hours after officials said it had been canceled. Earlier, a White House official said that the visit was scrapped because Trump did not want to be a distraction at the agency.

"The President is no longer traveling to Atlanta today," a White House official said. "The CDC has been proactive and prepared since the very beginning and the President does not want to interfere with the CDC's mission to protect the health and welfare of their people and the agency."
3:48 p.m. ET, March 6, 2020

Colombia reports first case of coronavirus

From CNN’s Tatiana Arias

Colombia’s ministry of health confirmed the country's first case of novel coronavirus, according to a statement.

The patient, a 19-year-old woman, traveled to Milan, Italy, and upon her return presented symptoms related to the virus, the statement said.

3:45 p.m. ET, March 6, 2020

US health officials release 2 coronavirus patients from quarantine

From CNN's Brad Parks and Melissa Alonso

Two coronavirus patients were released from a San Antonio healthcare facility "after meeting criteria for discharge," US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokesperson Carol Williams tells CNN.

One of the patients was released last night and another this morning, Williams said. 

Additionally, a Diamond Princess evacuee completed an extended quarantine yesterday at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Williams said.

"These patients were discharged in accordance with CDC interim guidance regarding disposition of hospitalized patients, in close coordination with state and local health departments," Williams said. 

Williams told CNN all three individuals were escorted to San Antonio International Airport.

Williams did not specify whether the two patients were from the Wuhan, China, evacuees or were on the Diamond Princess cruise ship. 

3:33 p.m. ET, March 6, 2020

Florida governor asks for $25 million in coronavirus funding

From CNN’s Rosa Flores and Sara Weisfeldt

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis WINK

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he is asking the Florida state legislature for $25 million to assist with the COVID-19 response. This will help with the purchase of lab supplies, personal protective equipment and additional personnel. 

Per DeSantis, the state's Speaker of the House and the Senate President are supportive of his $25 million coronavirus budget request. DeSantis believes Florida could also get a minimum of $27 million in federal dollars.

DeSantis also gave a brief update on one of the four coronavirus cases in Florida.

A 60 year old patient who was hospitalized in Manatee County for coronavirus is out of the hospital and is self-isolating, according to DeSantis. Five healthcare workers caring for the patient were tested for coronavirus and the results were negative — but they will still self-quarantine for 14 days. 

There have been four coronavirus cases reported in Florida.

3:01 p.m. ET, March 6, 2020

There are at least 79 cases of coronavirus in Washington state

Washington state health officials are reporting that there are now 79 cases of Coronavirus in four counties in the state, according to the state's Department of Health website.

King County, which includes Seattle, is reporting 58 cases. Snohomish County has 19 cases. Grant and Jefferson counties each have one case. 

Jeff Tomlin, the CEO of EvergreenHealth, tells CNN that 11 patients at his facility have died after testing positive for coronavirus. 

In addition to these 11, county health officials have identified two individuals who died in other locations:  a woman in her 80s who died at home and a man in his 50s who died at the Harborview Medical Center.