US cases jump to 197. Deaths now total 12.
Just as many Legal Insurrection fans predicted, the coronavirus is making its way through the personal-hygiene-challenged state of California.
Faced with the first death of a California patient, and growing concern the novel coronavirus is spreading in some communities, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency today and said testing and tracking of people potentially exposed to the virus will be the top priority.
Earlier today, Placer County health officials reported the death of a resident who likely was exposed on a cruise ship that departed from San Francisco to Mexico on Feb. 11. The person, described as an elderly adult with underlying health conditions, was diagnosed Tuesday and was in isolation at Kaiser Permanente Roseville.
The cruise ship had 2,500 people on the San Francisco to Mexico leg. Newsom said at a press conference the ship is now en route to San Francisco from Hawaii, and people on board have developed symptoms of the virus. California officials are holding the ship offshore, and flying testing kits to it. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is sending 10 people to help find community members who might have been exposed to the elderly adult who died, he said.
The virus has now been reported in 12 counties in the state and has sickened more than 50 people.
Coronavirus hits L.A. community less than 10 miles from celebrity homes after a group of 15 friends return home from exclusive Italian ski resort get infected
A Los Angeles suburb less than 10 miles from Kim Kardashian’s home in Calabasas has been hit with coronavirus after a group of friends returned from an exclusive Italian resort infected with the virus.
The group of 15 men are understood to have traveled back to the United States on February 27 after visiting Cortina d’Ampezzo in the Dolomite Mountains, DailyMail.com can exclusivity reveal.
Italy has been hard-hit by the coronavirus where more than 3,000 people have tested positive for the diseases, and more than 100 people have died. In the U.S, more than 200 people have tested positive, and 12 have died.
At least three of the men who traveled to northern Italy live in Tarzana, which is less than 10 miles from Calabasas, which is home to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, as well as a string of other celebrities, including Drake and Will Smith.
US cases jump to 197, deaths now total 12
The total number of Americans infected with COVID-19 is 197 and the death total stands at 12. San Francisco now has confirmed cases.
The first patient is a man in his 90s who has underlying health conditions and is in “serious condition,” San Francisco public health director Dr. Grant Colfax told reporters Thursday. The second person is a woman in her 40s who is in “fair” condition.
“We do not know at this point how they were exposed to the virus, which suggests it is spreading in the community,” he said in a statement. “We expected that to happen and are further investigating the circumstances of these patients’ exposure.”
House passes an $8 billion bipartisan emergency funding deal
The House of Representatives passed an $8 billion emergency funding bill to fight the coronavirus that has been spreading throughout the United States.
The bill, which passed 415-2, would provide $7.8 billion to fight the coronavirus and include a mandatory funding authorization for $500 million over 10 years to be used toward a remote health care program. The two “no” votes were those of Republican Reps. Andy Biggs of Arizona and Ken Buck of Colorado.
The bill includes a provision that would require that funds are used only to fight the coronavirus and other infectious diseases, as some Democrats feared that the Trump administration could raid the funding and use it for other unrelated purposes.
The Pentagon Is Canceling Military Exercises Because of Coronavirus
The U.S. Military is canceling military exercises around the world due to the spread of the COVID-19. The canceled exercises include those scheduled in South Korea and Italy, and more cancellations could be forthcoming.
The U.S. military has canceled at least two exercises. One was scheduled to take place last week in South Korea, which is experiencing one of the largest outbreaks outside of China. South Korea is reporting more than 5,800 cases, including at least 13 cases of the coronavirus diagnosed among South Korean military personnel. One U.S. soldier stationed in South Korea and one U.S. military dependent have come down with the coronavirus.
Another exercise that was canceled involved paratroopers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade. The brigade, based in Italy, sent approximately 300 soldiers to Israel for the Eagle Genesis joint exercises with the Israeli Defense Forces. According to Stars and Stripes, Israeli measures to contain the virus’ spread lead to the exercise’s cancelation. Italy, with 2,502 cases of the coronavirus, is experiencing the largest outbreak in Europe. Israel currently has twelve cases of the disease.
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