San Francisco Confirms First 2 Cases Of Covid-19: Live Updates

Thursday, March 5, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Thu, 03/05/2020


San Francisco mayor reports first 2 cases in the city
New Jersey confirms first presumptive case
NY state cases double to 22
Seattle closes 26 schools
Pentagon tracking 12 possible COVID-19 cases
Illinois reports 5 more cases
NYC reports 2 more cases, raising total to 4
Italy postpones referendum vote; death toll hits 148
WHO’s Tedros: “Now’s the time to pull out the stops”
Tennessee confirms case
Nevada confirms first case
New Delhi closes primary schools
EU officials weigh pushing retired health-care workers back into service to combat virus
Italy to ask EU for permission to raise budget deficit as lawmakers approve €7.5 billion euros
Beijing tells residents not to share food
30-year-old Chinese man dies in Wuhan 5 days after hospital discharge
Cali authorities tell ‘Grand Princess’ cruise ship not to return to port until everyone is tested
Global case total passes 95k
Lebanon sees cases double to 31
France deaths climb to 7, cases up 138 to 423
EY sends 1,500 Madrid employees home after staffer catches virus
Trump says he has a “hunch” true virus mortality rate is closer to 1%
Switzerland reports 1st death
South Africa confirms 1st case
UK chief medical officer confirms ‘human-to-human’ infections are happening in UK
UK case total hits 115
Google, Apple, Netflix cancel events
HSBC sends research department and part of London trading floor home
Facebook contract infected in Seattle
Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Netflix cancel events and/or ask employees to work from home
Netherlands cases double to 82
Spain cases climb 40, 1 new death
Belgium reports 27 new cases bringing total to 50
Germany adds 87 cases bringing total to 349
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Update (1415ET): San Francisco is already described by many as a dystopian nightmare city, a living testament to a future where wealth inequality has reached such exaggerated extremes that a clear caste system has emerged, dominated by an elite group of tech billionaires and multimillionaires.

And now, it also has the coronavirus.


Mayor London Breed is holding a press conference on the situation. Watch live below:

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Update (1355ET): Now that Cuomo’s latest update is over, we have some more information about the 9 new cases confirmed in New York State.

Eight of the new cases are in Westchester, connected to Lawrence Garbuz, the New Rochelle-based lawyer, while the ninth is on Long Island, Cuomo said. Garbuz’s wife, son and daughter have all tested positive, as has a friend of Garbuz’s, his wife and three of their four kids.

A neighbor who drove Garbuz to the hospital has also been infected. Because he’s suffering from an underlying respiratory issue, Garbuz is being treated at a hospital in Upper Manhattan, while the rest of the patients are self-isolating. The patient on Long Island has also been hospitalized, though few details were given about that case.

Two students at Yeshiva University’s Washington Heights campus are being “evaluated” after possibly being exposed via Garbuz’s son, along with seven of Garbuz’s co-workers and an intern.

The governor told residents to stay calm, though according to reports the hysteria has already erupted in Westchester.

“Here the facts do not merit the level of anxiety that we are seeing…I believe it’s being generated because…people don’t know the truth, they don’t know the facts. I’m a little bit perturbed about the daily angst,” Cuomo said.

Earlier, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed two new cases in the five boroughs: A man in his 40s, and a woman in her 80s, who are both in intensive care.

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Update (1330ET): The Southeastern Nevada Health District has confirmed that Nevada has indeed recorded its first case of the coronavirus, according to the Las Vegas Sun.

Judging by the description, the patient, who is a Clark County resident (most of the county, but not all, is in the city of Las Vegas), is a high-risk patient: He’s in his mid-50s and has an underlying health condition. He also recently traveled to Washington State and Texas. Texas recently reported its first travel-associated case in Houston, and community spread is already believed to be happening in Washington State.

Here’s more from the Sun:

The Health District was working with its health care partners and leading the effort to quickly identify close contacts of the patient, officials said. Those exposed to the patient were being asked to self-quarantine, officials said.

Test results are considered “presumptive positive” until confirmed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, officials said. It should take 24 to 48 hours for the CDC to confirm the results, officials said.

The patient was identified through the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System, said Shelbie Bostedt, a spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford.

Horsford said in a statement that he was working the Gov. Steve Sisolak’s office, the VA and the Health District to stay apprised of the situation. “I take the safety of all Nevadans seriously,” he said.

The Health District said the immediate risk from the virus to the general public in Clark County is low at this time. No community spread has ben identified at this time, officials said.

In other news, France has confirmed its 423rd case, up 138 from late Wednesday, according to local health officials. In total, seven have died.

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