The deaths of two Florida residents from the new coronavirus mark the first fatalities outside of the West Coast, according to Florida health officials.
Health officials said two people in their 70s who had traveled overseas died in Santa Rosa County in Florida’s Panhandle and in the Fort Myers area. At least one of those deaths, viewed as a presumptive positive case, has not been confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
When confirmed by the CDC, the two cases would bring the total number of U.S. deaths to 16.
The Florida Department of Health also said six Florida residents have been diagnosed with coronavirus along with one non-Florida resident.
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Stanford is latest university to move all classes online
Stanford University, which has 17,000 students, is the latest school to cancel all in-person classes and move them online because of the concern over the coronavirus.
Persis Drell, the schools’ provost, said classes for the final two weeks of its winter quarter will move online and large-group events would be canceled or adjusted. The university, which is located in Northern California’s Silicon Valley, also canceled its in-person Admit Weekend event scheduled for April 23 for prospective undergraduates.
The University of Washington, located in Seattle, announced Friday that it was moving all classes online for the next three weeks for its 57,000 students.
WHO warns against ‘false hopes’ that virus will fade with summer
One day after four more states announced their first cases of the new coronavirus, more than 338 people in the U.S. had been infected Saturday.
More than 102,000 people worldwide have been infected with the virus, and more than 3,400 have died. More than 57,000 people have recovered.
The World Health Organization has warned against “false hopes” that the disease will fade when warmer summer weather arrives in northern countries.
The figure of infections dwarfs other major outbreaks such as SARS, MERS and Ebola. The virus is still much less widespread than annual flu epidemics, which cause up to 5 million severe cases around the world and 290,000 to 650,000 deaths annually, according to the World Health Organization.
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Starbucks employee diagnosed with coronavirus in Seattle
An employee of a popular Starbucks store in downtown Seattle has been diagnosed with COVID-19, the company said late Friday. The store, which is a Starbucks Reserve bar, was shut down for cleaning and the employee is quarantined at home, Starbucks said. This is the first U.S. coronavirus case reported by Starbucks.
“We quickly activated our protocols, immediately closing the store and initiating a deep clean overnight, following all recommended guidelines from the City of Seattle and King County public health authorities,” according to a company statement.
The store is expected to reopen in the next few days staffed by employees “who have no known impact from COVID-19,” the company told USA TODAY.
Starbucks has instructed employees to increase cleaning at all of its stores and on Wednesday announced it was temporarily pausing the use of reusable cups over coronavirus fears.
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Grand Princess cruise ship to dock; 21 passengers and crew test positive
More than 3,500 people remain on board Princess Cruises’ Grand Princess off the coast of California as the ship awaits coronavirus test results. Medical personnel have tested 46 people aboard the ship, and 21 were confirmed to have the virus, according to a White House press briefing. Nineteen of the 21 are crew members.
Vice President Mike Pence said Friday that the ship will dock this weekend in a “noncommercial port,” and that all passengers and crew will be tested. The vice president said that crew members would likely be quarantined on the ship.
“It’s very likely that the crew was exposed on two different outings,” Pence said. “And we know the coronavirus manifested among the previous passengers.”
Pence said that elderly Americans should “use common sense and caution” in planning cruise ship vacations. He said that the ships “present a unique challenge to health officials.”
Those on board may have been exposed to coronavirus after sailing with 62 passengers who had previously been on the ship’s Mexico voyage with a 71-year-old man who eventually died from the virus. Two other passengers from that voyage have been hospitalized with the virus in Northern California, officials said.
The CDC advised guests stay in their rooms for the remainder of a cruise but had not declared a quarantine, according to a Thursday statement from a Princess Cruise spokeswoman.
While the ship was meant to arrive to port in San Francisco, it is is unclear when and where the ship will be able to dock after testing is complete.
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SXSW canceled over outbreak fears
The South by Southwest music, film and technology conference was canceled Friday – the most high-profile event yet to fall victim to the new coronavirus, with officials calling it a medical and data driven decision. SXSW, as it’s known, had vowed to go on, despite recent developer conferences that were canceled by Facebook and Amazon.
Organizers said it was the first time in 34 years that event will not take place.
The conference this year had several high profile speakers in place, including former presidential candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton, Beto O’Rourke and Andrew Yang and Steve Jobs’ widow Laurene Powell Jobs and rockers Ozzy Osbourne, director Judd Apatow and to Kim Kardashian West. Nearly 300,000 people attended in 2019.
The 10-day festival was set to begin March 13.
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