New Cases Reported In Illinois, Cali, Florida, Washington As Virus Spreads To Saudi Arabia: Live Updates

Monday, March 2, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Mon, 03/02/2020


2nd US death reported in Washington State
2 new cases confirmed in Tampa Bay
Santa Clara County confirms 2 more cases, bringing county total to 9
Gottlieb warns US cases likely in ‘low thousands’
Illinois announces 4th case
Boris Johnson: “A very significant expansion” of the virus is “clearly in the cards”
Italian death toll climbs 18 to 52 while total cases surpasses 2,000
BMW tells 150 to quarantine after Munich employee infected
WHO’s Tedros: Virus is “common enemy” of humanity so don’t focus on blame
Jordan reports first two cases
Death toll in France doubles, total cases climb to 191
Tunisia reports first case
UK total climbs to 40
OECD warns global growth could fall by half
Indonesia reports first cases
“Progress is being made” toward a vaccine
Cuomo says NY expects more cases
India confirms 2 more cases
‘Official’ Iran death toll hits 66
EU confirms 38 deaths across 18 members
First cases confirmed in Fla.
2 Amazon employees test positive in Milan
Virus now in 7 US states: Washington, California, Illinois, Rhode Island, New York, Florida and Oregon
San Antonio virus patient re-hospitalized after testing positive
China warns it could face ‘locust invasion’
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Update (1400ET): French officials just confirmed their country’s 191st case as of Monday, with confirmations doubling in two days.

In other news, the UAE is evacuating its citizens in Iran as the coronavirus spreads.

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Update (1345ET): Public health officials in Santa Clara County have confirmed two new cases of COVID-19 on Monday.

This brings the total number of cases in the county to 9. The state added that the increase in cases is “not unexpected.”

Read the full media statement below:

Media Statement: County of Santa Clara Public Health Department Reports Two New Cases of COVID-19
The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department confirms two new cases of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County. This brings the total number of cases to nine.
The eighth case is an adult male household contact of a confirmed case in another county. He is under home isolation.
The ninth case is an adult male household contact of a previously confirmed case in Santa Clara County. He is also under home isolation.
Due to medical privacy requirements and to protect their identity, further information about these cases will not be released.
An increase in cases is not unexpected. The Public Health Department will continue to identify anyone who has come into contact with these cases. The department will also be conducting community surveillance to determine the extent of possible disease spread in our community.
Individuals and organizations need to take action to help slow down the spread of the disease. For individuals, the recommendations are simple, but very important:
Keep your hands clean by washing them frequently, especially after you touch common surfaces, such as doorknobs, elevator buttons, handrails, light switches, countertops, and tables. It is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Always cover your cough and stay home when you are sick.
Stay away from people who are sick, and stay home if you are sick.
Work on not touching your face because one way viruses spread is when you touch your own mouth, nose or eyes. If you do need to touch your own mouth, nose or eyes, wash your hands before you do so.
Start thinking about family preparedness, how to take care of sick family members while not getting infected. Think about a room to isolate a sick person.
There are practical measures that can help limit spread by reducing exposure in community settings:
Schools: should plan for absenteeism and explore options for learning at home and enhance cleaning of surfaces.
Businesses: whenever possible, can replace in-person meetings with video or telephone conferences and increase teleworking options, as well as modify absenteeism policies and enhance cleaning of surfaces.

Shortly after, Fox News reported that officials in Tampa Bay confirmed two more cases, marking the 3rd and 4th cases in the state of Florida.

Of course, thanks to Florida’s reputation as a haven for retirees, a reputation that’s bolstered by the fact that Florida has the largest population of senior citizens in the US, the state is particularly vulnerable, as many members of vulnerable communities also live in close proximity to one another.

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Update (1305ET): Boris Johnson said Monday that “a very significant expansion” of the virus is “clearly in the cards.”

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Update (1300ET): Public health officials in Illinois have announced another “presumptive positive” case of coronavirus. Like the prior cases, Illinois case No. 4 is also in Cook County.

The total number of coronavirus cases confirmed in Italy has climbed to more than 2,000 on Sunday, according to a statement from Italian public health officials. The country’s death toll climbed by 18 to 52.

The march of first-cases continues, with Saudi Arabia becoming the latest to announce its first case on Monday.

In Washington, 34 firefighters and police are being quarantined after visiting the nursing home in Kirkland where two cases were confirmed over the weekend.

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