March 26 coronavirus news

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4:44 p.m. ET, March 26, 2020

Minnesota's youngest coronavirus patient is 5 months old

Minnesota's youngest coronavirus patient is 5 months old, Gov. Tim Walz said during a briefing Thursday. 

The state has 346 confirmed cases with ages ranging from 5 months to 104 years old, he said. 

The child is among the youngest cases in the country. Washington, DC, reported an 8-week-old boy had with the virus.

Several other states, including California, have reported cases with patients under 1 years old.

CNN's Brian Rokus and Nick Watt contributed to this report.

4:38 p.m. ET, March 26, 2020

Texas institutes mandatory quarantine for travelers from New York area

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Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Travelers from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and the city of New Orleans will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days before entering state, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced that at a news conference Thursday.

Abbott explained that the order, which applies only to those who arrive in Texas by plane, will be enforced by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).

Travelers from the designated areas will be asked to provide officials with a quarantine location, the governor explained.

DPS will conduct visits to the designated quarantine locations to verify compliance, Abbott said.

People affected by the order cannot have any visitors besides health care providers and they may not visit public spaces, Abbott said.

Failure to comply will be considered a criminal offense punishable by up to a $1,000 fine, 180 days in jail, or both, Abbott said.

4:35 p.m. ET, March 26, 2020

California now has more than 3,000 cases of coronavirus

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Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

There are at least 3,006 cases of coronavirus in California, according to the latest statistics released by California Department of Public Health. At least 65 people have died as a result of Covid-19.

Los Angeles County alone is seeing a dramatic increase with 465 new cases, bringing the total up to at least 1,216. Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer attributed the jump directly to an increase in testing.

4:35 p.m. ET, March 26, 2020

Broward County in Florida issues shelter-in-place order

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Broward County has issued a shelter-in-place order effective midnight Friday due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The county, which includes Fort Lauderdale, is one of the hardest hit counties in the state of Florida.

4:21 p.m. ET, March 26, 2020

US stocks log third straight day of gains

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Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

US stocks finished higher on Thursday, recording their third straight day of gains.

Markets had already priced in the sharp increase in jobless claims ahead of the opening bell this morning, and stocks rallied throughout the day.

Here's where things stand:

  • The Dow finished up 6.4%, or 1,352 points.
  • The index has emerged from the bear market it fell into on March 11, having climbed more than 20% since Monday.
  • The S&P 500 closed up 6.2%.
  • The Nasdaq Composite rose 5.6%.

Remember: As stocks settle after the market close, these levels could still change slightly.

4:13 p.m. ET, March 26, 2020

New Orleans' convention center will be used to house coronavirus patients

Louisiana is working to stage 1,120 hospital beds for coronavirus patients at New Orleans' Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

The first 120 beds will be ready by this weekend.

Gov. John Bel Edwards said state officials anticipate 1,000 beds will be needed for patients in New Orleans. 

Other hospitals in the state are also increasing their ICU capacity.

4:14 p.m. ET, March 26, 2020

Illinois received 100,000 more unemployment claims than the same time last year

There have been 100,000 more unemployment claims in Illinois since the beginning of March than the state had the same time last year, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said during a Thursday news conference.

Emergency workers are delivering containers of nearly a million units of personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, to health care workers Thursday, Pritzker added.

The equipment is being delivered in Peoria, Edwardsville, and Champaign, Pritzker said.

Around the country: A record number of Americans filed for their first week of unemployment benefits last week, as businesses shut down to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Initial jobless claims soared to a seasonally adjusted 3.28 million in the week ended March 21, according to the Department of Labor.

That is the highest number of initial jobless claims in history, since the Department of Labor started tracking the data in 1967. The previous high was 695,000 claims filed in the week ending October 2, 1982.

4:09 p.m. ET, March 26, 2020

House officials detail new steps to limit member interactions due to coronavirus fears

In a notice sent to all House offices obtained by CNN, the House sergeant-at-arms and the Capitol physician's office provided new procedures to limit the interactions between members and promote social distancing ahead of Friday's vote on the stimulus package.

Amid fears of the virus spreading to members, the officials say access around the House chambers and on the floor will be limited.The House is closing the Speaker's Lobby, which is right off the House floor where reporters stake out and interview lawmakers.

If there's a recorded vote, new procedures are detailed to only allow small groups of members on the floor at a time.

4:07 p.m. ET, March 26, 2020

Illinois governor says nearly 1 million pieces of medical equipment will be delivered today

Emergency workers are delivering containers of nearly one million units of personal protective equipment (also known as PPE), including masks and gloves, to health care workers Thursday, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said at an afternoon press conference.

The PPE is being delivered in Peoria, Edwardsville and Champaign, Pritzker said.