The number of reported Wuhan Coronavirus cases now stands at 75,725 in 30 separate countries and territories, with the death toll at 2,126.

Five coronavirus patients to be transferred to Spokane’s hospital’s specialized isolation ward,

Five patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 are being transferred to Spokane’s Providence Sacred Heart Medical Cente, taking advantage of the facility’s secured airborne infection isolation rooms (only one of 10 in the nation).

Spokane Country Health Officer Dr. Bob Lutz said healthcare workers have trained for this scenario.

“We are coordinating with local partners to safely transport these patients to Sacred Heart. This is all being done following our jointly developed infectious disease protocols that we train and prepare for. The risk to the public from this novel coronavirus remains low,” Lutz said.

The move is a joint effort between the Spokane Regional Health District, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and the Washington State Department of Health, according to the release.

According to the WSDOH on Tuesday, 712 people in Washington are under public health supervision due to coronavirus. These people are being monitored due to risk of having contracted coronavirus.

Spokane native Tim Reaves is living in Nan Jing, China. He gives a report of life in the city undergoing China’s quarantine, describing the scene as “really eerie.”

Asian American Teen Assaulted in Los Angeles After Bullies Accused Him of Having Coronavirus

A high school student in Los Angeles was attacked last week when “bullies” accused him of having the coronavirus because he is Asian American.

The 16-year-old was taken to the emergency room to be checked out, CBS News reported last week.

“He went to the hospital originally, and went to the emergency room,” said executive director of the L.A. County Human Relations Commission Robin Toma during a press conference last Thursday, according to CBS News. “They were taking MRIs to ensure he didn’t have a concussion or other harm.”

It’s unclear how many people were involved in the incident or if any action was taken against them.

San Diego patient who tested positive for coronavirus is discharged after recovery

A patient who tested positive for novel coronavirus in San Diego County has fully recovered.

The hospital says it was informed of the recovery by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The individual is no longer infectious and was discharged Wednesday. The person is also no longer under federal quarantine or isolation orders.

The news comes as the San Diego Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to extend a local public health emergency in response to the virus.

The board added that extending the emergency doesn’t indicate a higher risk to the to the general public.

The declaration allows for possible reimbursement for expenses related to handling the outbreak.

China kicks out three Wall Street Journal reporters after column describing the country as ‘the real sick man of Asia’

Once again, China shows it is more concerned with information control instead of infection control.

China has ordered three reporters for The Wall Street Journal to leave after the newspaper refused to apologize for a headline that called China ‘the real sick man of Asia’ amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The opinion column, penned by an American professor and published earlier this month, has been deemed racist and slanderous by Beijing.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said last Monday that it had lodged solemn representations with the publication over the article.

The expulsion came as Beijing also slammed Washington’s decision to tighten rules on Chinese state media organisations in the US, calling the move ‘unreasonable and unacceptable.’

…The Wall Street Journal said in its own report published on Wednesday that Deputy Bureau Chief Josh Chin and reporters Chao Deng and Philip Wen have been ordered to leave the country in five days. Chin and Deng are U.S. citizens and Wen is Australian.

William Lewis, CEO of Dow Jones and Publisher of The Wall Street Journal, said he and his team were ‘deeply disappointed’ by Beijing’s decision.

He said in a statement: ‘This opinion piece was published independently from the WSJ newsroom and none of the journalists being expelled had any involvement with it.

 

 
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