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March 7 coronavirus news

By Ben Westcott, Adam Renton, Rob Picheta, Fernando Alfonso III and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 9:00 p.m. ET, March 7, 2020
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6:03 p.m. ET, March 7, 2020

First presumptive positive case of coronavirus appears in DC

From CNN’s Gregory Clary

The first presumptive positive coronavirus case has appeared in Washington, according to a news release from the office of Mayor Muriel Bowser.

The release says the test came back positive on Saturday afternoon.

6:02 p.m. ET, March 7, 2020

CPAC attendee tested positive for coronavirus

From CNN’s Gregory Clary

One of the attendees at last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, tested positive for coronavirus, the American Conservative Union said in a press release Saturday.

President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and other administration officials attended the conference, though the ACU says the attendee did not come into contact with Trump or Pence. The attendee also did not attend events in the main hall, the release said.

The ACU said the Trump Administration “is aware of the situation.”

The exposure occurred prior to the conference, the ACU added.

"A New Jersey hospital tested the person, and CDC confirmed the positive result. The individual is under the care of medical professionals in the state of New Jersey, and has been quarantined.” 

5:57 p.m. ET, March 7, 2020

New California coronavirus case may be linked to AIPAC Policy Conference, officials say

From CNN’s Shawn Nottingham 

A new case of coronavirus has been identified in Los Angeles County, according to a press release from the county's Department of Public Health.

The person who tested positive recently attended the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington D.C., where they may have been exposed.

Earlier this week, AIPAC organizers said two conference attendees from New York tested positive for coronavirus.

There are now 14 coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County, the release said.

5:39 p.m. ET, March 7, 2020

CDC provides additional medical staff to Life Care Center in Washington

From CNN’s Melissa Alonso

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided "extra nurses, practitioners and doctors" to the Life Care Center, according to Tim Killian, the center's spokesperson in Kirkland, Washington.

"The amount of work and stress that these staff and employees and caregivers here are under is tremendous," Killian said. "They truly are heroes."  

5:38 p.m. ET, March 7, 2020

Quarantined Egyptian cruise ship has 45 coronavirus cases

From CNN’s Jennifer Hauser 

A quarantined cruise ship in Egypt carrying 171 people now has 45 confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to state-run Al-Ahram news agency. 

The Luxor Nile traveled from Aswan to Luxor, where it is now docked.

Of the 45 people infected, 19 were from other countries besides Egypt, said Egypt's health minister Hala Zayed.

"They [all the recently-announced cases] are now on their way to be isolated in a hospital in Marsa Matrouh," Zayed said.

The new cases aboard the cruise bring the total number of cases in Egypt to 48, according to Al Ahram.

5:15 p.m. ET, March 7, 2020

Three South American countries announce new round of coronavirus cases

From CNN's Jennifer Hauser, Taylor Barnes, Ana Victoria Cucalón and Gerardo Lemos 

Brazil, Chile and Paraguay all announced new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday.


Paraguay's health ministry announced the country’s first case of the novel coronavirus. The health ministry wrote on its official Twitter account that the case is a young Paraguayan national who came from Ecuador and who is now in good health and in home quarantine.


Four more cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Brazil, according to the country's health ministry, bringing the national total to 17.

The new cases include three people in Sao Paulo and one in Rio de Janeiro. The health ministry said all of the new cases were imported.


A 20-year-old who recently traveled in Europe, including in Spain, tested positive for coronavirus in Chile, according to the country’s health ministry.

The case is the seventh in Chile, the ministry said.

5:07 p.m. ET, March 7, 2020

70 Life Care Center employees show symptoms of coronavirus, spokesperson says

From CNN's Melissa Alonso

Seventy employees at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington, are showing symptoms of novel coronavirus, according to Tim Killian, spokesperson for the facility.

There were 180 staff members employed at Life Care Center as of February 19.

Employees showing symptoms have been asked not to return to work, Killian said at a briefing on Saturday. 

There were 120 residents at the facility on February 19, 54 residents have since been transferred to various hospitals, Killian said. 

All current residents are confined to their rooms, Killian added.

On Thursday, the facility received 45 coronavirus tests, the results of which are still pending, according to Killian.

4:57 p.m. ET, March 7, 2020

Critically ill passenger taken off Grand Princess cruise ship by Coast Guard

From CNN's Hollie Silverman, Cheri Mossburg and Sarah Moon

A critically ill passenger and her husband were "medically disembarked" from the Grand Princess cruise ship by the US Coast Guard Saturday morning, according to a press release from Princess Cruises.

The passenger, a woman in her 70s, was taken to a shoreside hospital for treatment unrelated to coronavirus, according to a US Coast Guard press release. The woman and her husband were taken by helicopter.

Personal protective gear -- including gloves and face masks -- was delivered to the ship by the US Coast Guard on Friday night to supplement the current supply, the release said.

The ship remains 50 miles off the coast of San Francisco as cruise operators await the guidance of health officials, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and California Department of Public Health.

4:32 p.m. ET, March 7, 2020

Portugal reports total of 21 confirmed coronavirus cases

From CNN's Vasco Cotovio in London

Portugal's national health directorate is reporting 21 total confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country.

Four patients came from Italy, one from Spain and the others were local transmissions.