15th American Dies From Coronavirus In Washington, First Case Confirmed In Hawaii: Live Updates

Saturday, March 7, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Fri, 03/06/2020


15th US death reported in WA
First case confirmed in Hawaii
CDC has tested fewer than 2,000 Americans, Atlantic reports
15 more patients from Kirkland nursing home hospitalized
2nd LAX screener tests positive
LA County confirms another 2 cases, bringing total to 13
Germany reports 90 new cases to 534
Saudi Arabia suspends sports events starting Saturday
U. of Washington will move all classes online for rest of semester
McDonald’s cancels franchisee convention
Iraqi officials report third death
LatAm airline employee confirmed as Peru’s first coronavirus case
Houston area confirms 6th case
Italy reports another 678 cases
Gap closes NYC office
New York cases climb to 33
Baggage handler at Heathrow tests positive
Madrid closes old folks homes
5 schools close in PA.
Trump visit to CDC is back on
WHO: “false hope” that virus will disappear when summer arrives
WHO: We don’t know mortality rate
Kudlow: “Buy stocks”
2nd death in UK, cases hit 163; France reports 2 new deaths bringing total to 9
French total cases hits 577
Egypt reports 12 cases aboard cruise ship on the Nile
2,733 asked to voluntarily quarantine in NYC
Trump scraps trip to CDC
Switzerland, the Netherlands report 1st deaths
Slovakia only country in Europe without coronavirus
Russia accuses Italy of spreading virus
Singapore reports 13 new cases, largest one-day jump since outbreak began
US case total: 234
South Korea, Japan feud over virus
Microsoft, Adidas, Lockheed say at least 1 employee has contracted virus
China claims it can have vaccine ready by April
Pompeo says China withheld information, leaving US “behind the curve”
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Update (2040ET): After several close calls, Hawaii Gov. David Ige has just confirmed the first case of coronavirus in Hawaii.

After 21 people tested positive for Covid-19 on the ‘Grand Princess’, the cruise ship drifting off the coast of San Francisco, public health officials in Hawaii tested a passenger who had traveled on the ship. According to local TV station KITV, the ship made port calls in Nawiliwili on Feb. 26, Honolulu on Feb. 27, Lahaina on Feb. 28 and Hilo on Feb 29.

The Hawaiian patient, though not technically confirmed by the CDC yet, appears to be the 22nd case associated with the ship revealed on Friday. The case brings the total number in the US to 321.

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Update (1550ET): LA County has confirmed another 2 cases bringing total to 13 case.


One of the new cases is a part of a group who recently traveled to Northern Italy, the other was working as a screener at LAX, marking the second LAX screener to catch the virus.

Since the first screener tested positive on Tuesday, LAX and DHS have been testing all the screeners who work at the airport, according to the LA Times.

In a statement, the Department of Homeland Security described the worker as a medical screener who “wore all the correct protective equipment and took necessary protections on the job.”

“As soon as the individual began to feel sick, they self-quarantined, saw a physician, and reported to the appropriate authorities and officials,” a DHS spokesperson said in the statement.

As we noted earlier, US trade officials granted tariff waivers for a spate of products ranging from medical masks to isolation gowns that will be needed to combat the virus, preferably at affordable prices. The decision by the office of the US trade representative to ease tariffs on such key medical supplies was communicated to companies that had made the request for an exclusion the day before.

The products in question, which also include shoe covers, surgical drapes, and specimen containers, were part of $120 billion worth of Chinese goods that were subject to 15% tariffs between September and mid February, when the levies dropped to 7.5% under the terms of a truce deal reached between Washington and Beijing in January, per the FT.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has announced suspending public attendance at all sports events starting Saturday.

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