March 10 coronavirus news
A commercial lab in San Juan Capistrano is starting to process coronavirus tests, with a capacity of more than 1,200 tests per day, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday.
This commercial testing will supplement the 18 state labs that are currently operational. More than 1,000 people in California have already been tested and there are 7,675 tests available.
Two more commercial labs are being brought online and will have the capacity to process in excess of 5,000 tests per day. The labs, located in Sacramento and West Hills, will be automated and still need support and approval, but are expected to be online by March 24, Newsom said.
Life Care Center nursing facility in Washington state has now begun testing employees after what many considered a long delay.
The facility now reports 55 patients with coronavirus, with 34 of them hospitalized and 21 inside the facility.
Test results are not yet available for 30 employees who were tested off site. Life Care now believes it has enough resources to test all 180 employees, according to Life Care spokesperson Tim Killian.
All residents of the home have been tested. Only 49 remain in the facility, down from 120 at the outset. Killian says the facility is now conducting a “deep clean.”
Life Care officials have not identified any “patient zero” who may have started the spread, which was first thought to be the flu and confirmed as coronavirus at the beginning of March.
Two more people have died from the coronavirus in King County in Washington state, bringing the county total to 22, according to a statement from local health officials.
That brings the US death toll to 29.
What we know about the two deaths being reported today:
- A woman in her 80s, a resident of Issaquah Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, was hospitalized at Swedish Issaquah
- A male in his 80s, a resident of Ida Culver House, was hospitalized at University of Washington Medical Center
Of the 22 deaths reported in King County, 19 are associated with Life Care Center, according to the statement.
Joe Biden has canceled his rally tonight in Cleveland, according to tweets from Deputy Campaign Manager Kate Bedingfield.
"In accordance with guidance from public officials and out of an abundance of caution, our rally in Cleveland, Ohio tonight is cancelled," she tweeted.
Bernie Sanders announced earlier that he is also canceling a campaign rally previously scheduled for tonight in Cleveland.
There was no consensus reached during President Trump's lunch with Senate Republicans on ways to boost the economy and blunt the impact from the spreading coronavirus, multiple sources tell CNN.
Trump made the rare trip to Capitol Hill Tuesday after promising "major" and "dramatic" economic steps. But while sources familiar with the lunch said a multitude of options were discussed, members emerged without a concrete plan in hand.
One option the President has pushed that some Republican senators have been skeptical of is a payroll tax cut, which would put extra cash into people's pockets in hopes of boosting the economy. Several have questioned how effective it would be during the outbreak, when more people are being encouraged to stay home.
According to several sources familiar with the lunch, Trump floated the idea of a permanent payroll tax cut, but also weighed having a temporary cut that lasted for several months.
While some assumed it would be limited, Trump suggested he wouldn't want the tax cut to expire before the November election, noting at one point that he would get credit from voters if it passed, according to one person familiar.
Regarding the idea of a permanent tax cut, Indiana Sen. Mike Braun later told CNN, “It’s probably something I wouldn’t do."
Trump's top economic advisers who accompanied him to the lunch have also raised the idea of paid family sick leave and targeted relief for industries hardest hit by the outbreak, like hotels, airlines and cruises.
Leaving the lunch today, Trump offered no details on the discussions, but said, "You'll be hearing about it soon."
A sixth person who tested positive for coronavirus has died in the UK, the country's department of health announced on Tuesday.
The patient, who was being treated by West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, northwest of London, was in their 80s and had underlying health conditions, UK's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said in a statement.
"It appears the virus was acquired in the UK and full contact tracing has begun," Whitty said in a statement.
It was another turbulent day on Wall Street Tuesday as stocks swung wildly from sharp gains into negative territory throughout the day. Stocks had their worst day since 2008 on Monday.
Here's where things ended up on Tuesday:
- The Dow closed up 1,167 points, or 4.9%, its third-best point gain on record.
- The S&P 500 finished 4.9% higher. It was the index’s best day since December 2018.
- The Nasdaq Composite rose nearly 5%, also its best day since December 2018.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is canceling his rally in Cleveland, Ohio, tonight, his communications director tells CNN.
Here's the statement from his Communications Director Mike Casca:
“Out of concern for public health and safety, we are canceling tonight’s rally in Cleveland. We are heeding the public warnings from Ohio state officials, who have communicated concern about holding large, indoor events during the coronavirus outbreak. Sen. Sanders would like to express his regret to the thousands of Ohioans who had planned to attend the event tonight. All future Bernie 2020 events will be evaluated on a case by case basis."
A New York City Fire Department emergency medical technician who tested positive for coronavirus contracted the virus from his girlfriend, who is a flight attendant and had traveled to an area with an outbreak, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
As a result of the EMT’s positive test, five of his colleagues are in self-quarantine. None of them are showing symptoms, de Blasio said.
The medic treated 11 patients in the pertinent time period, de Blasio said.
“The Department of Health and the FDNY will be reaching these patients today to follow up and do the normal diagnostic work. But the good news is that they are identified and the other good news is that the EMT wore protective gear. We are still going to treat each case obviously very seriously," he added.