New York governor declares state of emergency
From CNN’s Elizabeth Joseph
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency due to the coronavirus in order to have “a more expedited purchasing and testing protocol,” according to a press conference held this afternoon.
“I have officially done a declaration of emergency which gives us certain powers. We’re going to be doing purchasing and hiring more staff, especially to help local health departments that are very stressed,” Cuomo said.
Cuomo added: “We have a more expedited purchasing and testing protocol and we’re going to be doing that.”8 hr 20 min ago
California’s Madera County confirms case of novel coronavirus
From CNN’s Rebekah Riess
Dr. Simon Paul, of Madera County Public Health, reported one confirmed case of novel coronavirus in Madera County, California, today.
The case is the spouse of a couple that returned from a Princess Cruise voyage and whom California Department of Public Health contacted. The Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) began monitoring the patient on March 5, according to a release from MCDPH.
When the individual developed symptoms, MCPDH coordinated with Madera Community Hospital for medical care and testing, the release said.
According to the release, the patient is currently in stable condition.
By the numbers: This latest case brings the number of people confirmed and presumed to have coronavirus in the state of California to 66.8 hr 31 min ago
Coronavirus cases in New York rise to 21
From CNN’s Elizabeth Joseph
There are now 21 new cases of coronavirus confirmed in New York, bringing the state-wide total to 76, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced in a press conference this afternoon.
Here is the state-wide breakdown:
- New York City – 11
- Westchester County – 57
- Rockland County – 2
- Nassau County – 4
- Saratoga County – 2
US federal court operations altered by the coronavirus
From CNN’s Ariane de Vogue and Kevin Bohn
The coronavirus is impacting the operations of some federal courts across the US.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which hears cases from nine western states including Washington, as well as a district court in Washington state, which has seen at least 80 cases, have altered some of the procedures as the virus continues to spread.
The appeals court, which has four courthouses including one in Seattle, said it is cancelling all hearings involving multiple judges as well as non-case related meetings, scheduled for next week.
The court said in an order posted online it was taking this measure “in light of the concerns about community spread of the COVID-19 virus throughout” the region covered by it.
All scheduled oral arguments in all locations will go forward, the court said.
“Counsel who wish to appear remotely for any hearing may file a motion in that case for such relief,” the court said.
The appeals court said it would be assessing the situation early next week.
The Southern District of New York issued an order directing the Metropolitan Detention Center to screen all detainees prior to scheduled appearances at court.
“If the temperature is 100.4 or above, such detainees should not be produced and the Court, forthwith, be notified,” Chief US District Judge Colleen McMahon ordered Friday.