Coronavirus updates March 5, 2020
This comes after the Maryland Emergency Management Agency raised the state’s activation level to enhanced on Wednesday morning in order to mobilize additional resources. Hogan’s Administration also submitted a supplemental budget that includes $10 million as an emergency coronavirus preparedness fund.
(WJW) – 8:45 PM UPDATE: The Governor of Maryland has confirmed three cases of the novel coronavirus in the state.
Gov. Larry Hogan made the announcement during a Thursday night press conference, according to WBAL. He said the Public Health Laboratory in Baltimore confirmed the three cases.
Gov. Hogan reported that the patients contracted the virus while traveling abroad. He says they are in good condition.
The Mayor of Baltimore, Jack Young, told the news outlet that, “The city of Baltimore and the Baltimore City Health Department is working closely with our state health partners as Maryland faces the first confirmed cases of coronavirus.”
The Governor also added that the state has “been actively preparing for this situation over the last several weeks across all levels of government.”
He encourages Maryland residents not to panic, but to take the coronavirus threat seriously and to stay informed as state and federal officials continue to provide updates.
7 PM UPDATE: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) confirmed to KRON that the state has its first case of the novel coronavirus.
The patient, a man in his 30s, is an out-of-state visitor.
“The case had known exposure to the virus through close contact with a person with COVID-19 outside of Colorado,” the CDPHE said in a written statement obtained by KRON.
The man is receiving treatment in the Denver area. He is in isolation and will stay there until he is cleared by health officials.
Because testing was conducted at the state level, it is considered a “presumptive positive” case. The sample will be sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmation.
CPDHE is hopeful the patient will have a swift recovery.
4 PM UPDATE: The World Health Organization (WHO) reports there are more than 95,000 cases of coronavirus around the world.
They report more than 3,200 deaths worldwide.
There are 11 confirmed coronavirus deaths in America and 149 cases of the virus.
10 of the deaths are in Washington State, most at a nursing home in a Seattle suburb.
1 death has been confirmed in California in someone who had recently traveled and had underlying health problems.
2 PM UPDATE: It is important to note there are no confirmed cases in the state of Ohio. The Ohio Department of Health‘s latest update Thursday at 2 p.m. stated 3 people are now awaiting test results.
The Ohio Department of Health says those 3 people under investigation have exhibited symptoms of respiratory illness AND, within 14 days of symptoms starting, either traveled to China or had been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19. All 3 are awaiting lab test results.
New details on virus impact
- 13 people across New York have been infected with the coronavirus. Health officials are now asking roughly 1,000 people to self-quarantine after the latest cases.
- WHO reports health workers worldwide are at risk due to a shortage of personal protective equipment because of rising demand, panic buying and hoarding
- WHO has asked governments and companies to boost production by 40%
- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports the immediate health risk to most Americans is low
- NIH reports widespread transmission of the virus in the U.S. is likely
- Washington, Florida, California and Hawaii have declared public health emergencies
Coronavirus impact in Ohio
- Ohio held a coronavirus summit to prepare for potential cases of the virus locally
- Ohio Governor Mike DeWine joined 38 governors in sending a letter to Congressional leaders in support of the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, urging the Senate to pass it quickly
- Arnold Classic is evaluating who will be allowed at events in Columbus, due to virus spread
- Businesses in Cleveland’s Asiatown say they’ve seen up to a 50% decrease in customers since outbreak
- Summa Health has opened a call center to field questions about the virus
- Local election boards are evaluating options for potential changes at polling locations for Ohio’s primary