March 11 coronavirus news

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6:55 p.m. ET, March 11, 2020

GLAAD Media Awards canceled because of coronavirus concerns

From CNN's Sheena Jones

The GLAAD Media Awards have been canceled because of concerns over coronavirus.

GLAAD is a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, which was expected to hold its 31st annual awards in New York on March 19.

“Given GLAAD’s long-standing commitment to the safety of our members, sponsors, and guests, the GLAAD Media Awards will no longer take place on March 19th in New York City. The team at GLAAD has been in communication with the City of New York and is following the latest recommendations from Governor Cuomo," GLAAD’s Rich Ferraro, chief communications officer, said in a statement.
7:32 p.m. ET, March 11, 2020

Italy records a jump of 2,313 coronavirus cases on Wednesday

From CNN's Valentina Di Donato in Rome and Nicola Ruotolo in Bologna 

Italy has recorded a jump of 2,313 coronavirus cases on Wednesday, with the total tally now at 12,462, the country's Civil Protection Agency said. 

This is the biggest recorded jump since the outbreak began, but the head of the Italian Civil Protection Agency Angelo Borelli said that authorities did not have all of the data for Lombardy, the worst hit region, on Tuesday so those numbers did not fully reflect the situation. 

6:52 p.m. ET, March 11, 2020

Chicago hospital builds "forward triage" tent for coronavirus protection

From CNN’s Bill Kirkos

Rush University Medical Center
Rush University Medical Center

Rush University Medical Center in Chicago has built a large tent in its “forward triage” area, an enclosed area outside its emergency room, which was originally partly designed to receive infectious disease patients.

The area serves as the hospital’s ambulance and private vehicle bay for incoming patients suspected of having the virus.

Rush is considered one of the best suited Chicago hospitals to handle coronavirus patients.

Hospital spokesperson Charles Jolie told CNN that all the air inside the tent and the ambulance bay is sanitized before it is exhausted outside to reduce the chances of contamination elsewhere. Jolie said the purpose of the tent is to add one additional layer of protection to ensure that patients elsewhere in the hospital who may be at risk of contracting the virus do not get infected.

 

7:05 p.m. ET, March 11, 2020

24 states have declared a state of emergency due to coronavirus

From CNN's Raja Razek

As coronavirus continues to spread across the US, 23 states and Washington, DC, have declared a state of emergency.

Arizona, New Mexico, Louisiana, Arkansas and Washington, DC, all made their declarations today.

Here is a breakdown of when the other states made their declarations:

  • Michigan – March 10
  • Vermont – March 10
  • North Carolina – March 10
  • Massachusetts – March 10
  • Colorado – March 10
  • Ohio – March 9
  • Illinois – March 9
  • Rhode island – March 9
  • New Jersey – March 9
  • Oregon – March 8
  • New York – March 7
  • Pennsylvania – March 6
  • Utah – March 6
  • Kentucky – March 6
  • Indiana – March 6
  • Hawaii – March 5
  • Maryland – March 5
  • California – March 4
  • Florida – March 1
  • Washington state – Feb. 29
6:35 p.m. ET, March 11, 2020

March Madness will be played without spectators

From CNN's David Close

NCAA President Mark Emmert has decided to hold the upcoming Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments without spectators.

In a statement, Emmert declared that "March Madness" will still take place — this after consultations with public health officials and a NCAA-appointed coronavirus advisory panel — but that the tournament will be held with only essential staff and family members. 

“I have made the decision to conduct our upcoming championship events, including the Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, with only essential staff and limited family attendance," Emmert said in the statement.

The NCAA has also recommended that every upcoming sporting event — which would include the on-going conference basketball tournaments — to be closed to the public.

6:30 p.m. ET, March 11, 2020

Italian football club player tests positive for coronavirus, team says

Juventus player Daniele Rugani trains at JTC on March 10, in Turin, Italy.
Juventus player Daniele Rugani trains at JTC on March 10, in Turin, Italy. Juventus FC/Getty Images

Football player Daniele Rugani who plays for the Italian team Juventus, which is based in the northern city of Turin, has tested positive for coronavirus, the club said in a statement on Wednesday.

"Juventus Football Club is currently activating all the isolation procedures required by law," the statement says, adding that the club is tracing how many people he was in contact with. 

6:29 p.m. ET, March 11, 2020

Tours of the US capitol will be halted for the coming weeks, sources say

From CNN's Phil Mattingly and Manu Raju

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/FILE
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/FILE

The Sergeant at Arms has informed congressional leaders they are preparing to announce that all Capitol Tours will be halted for the remainder of the month due to the coronavirus, according to two congressional aides. 

The House and Senate Sergeants at Arms will make the announcement soon, a source said. The exact timing is unclear.

6:23 p.m. ET, March 11, 2020

Arizona declares state of emergency due to coronavirus

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has declared a state of emergency in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The state has reported nine confirmed cases of coronavirus, but Ducey said, “We are anticipating additional positive cases, and we're not taking any chances.”

Ducey, speaking at a news conference today, said the declaration will free up emergency funds and make it possible for health care workers to cut through licensing red tape.

He also issued an executive order that requires nursing homes to check workers and visitors for symptoms of coronavirus, as well as require insurance companies to cover the full cost of coronavirus testing for their policyholders.

6:19 p.m. ET, March 11, 2020

Trump may propose national emergency tonight to free up coronavirus aid

From CNN's Jim Acosta and Kristen Holmes

One of the proposals President Trump may lay out this evening is declaring a national emergency under the Stafford Act, which would free up aid, an administration official said.

That proposal is under active consideration, the official said.

Trump is expected to make a statement tonight at about 9 p.m. ET.