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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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7:49 p.m. ET, March 6, 2020

Cruise passengers not told about coronavirus test results prior to Pence announcement

From CNN’s Jenn Selva

Passengers aboard the Grand Princess cruise off the coast of California learned that 21 people on the ship tested positive for the novel coronavirus by watching Vice President Mike Pence’s announcement this afternoon.

In an audio address aboard the cruise after Pence’s news conference, the ship’s captain apologized to passengers over the loudspeaker.

“You may have heard this on the news by the media already and we apologize, but we were not given advance notice of this announcement by the US federal government,” the captain said. “It would have been our preference to be the first to make this news available to you. These individuals will be notified of their test results as quickly as possible.”

The captain went on to say the individuals will be notified of the test results by the ship doctor as soon as possible. This includes two guests and 19 crew members.

7:48 p.m. ET, March 6, 2020

Argentina confirms 6 more novel coronavirus cases

From CNN’s Tatiana Arias and Juliana Gonzalez

Health authorities in Argentina announced six new cases of novel coronavirus on Friday, according to a news release from the government of Argentina.

This brings the country’s total number of cases to eight.

According to the statement, all six new cases had traveled to different European countries. Those diagnosed with the virus are two women and four men between the ages of 57 and 72.

7:59 p.m. ET, March 6, 2020

282 cases of novel coronavirus confirmed in US

From CNN's Dave Alsup

There are 282 cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as state and local governments. 

According to the CDC there are 49 cases from repatriated citizens. According to CNN Health’s tally of US cases that are detected and tested in the United States through US public health systems, there are 233 cases in 23 states, bringing the total of coronavirus cases to 226.

This includes presumptive positive cases that tested positive in a public health lab and are pending confirmation from the CDC, and confirmed cases that have received positive results from the CDC.

7:58 p.m. ET, March 6, 2020

Another Grand Princess cruise passenger is now infected with the novel coronavirus

From CNN’s Jenn Selva

A sixth person who was previously aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship that voyaged last month from San Francisco to Mexico is confirmed to have been infected with novel coronavirus. 

The person, who did not feel well upon arriving home from the cruise, is a resident of Ventura County in Southern California, according to Ventura County Public Health. The patient has since remained at home with mild symptoms, according to county officials, only leaving to receive medical treatment. 

The patient’s spouse, who also remains under home quarantine, was also on the cruise but does not have symptoms.

Some context: The California Department of Public Health notified Ventura County on March 4 that six of their residents had traveled on the cruise.  The county has contacted the four remaining passengers, one of whom is symptomatic and being tested at this time. The remaining three have no symptoms.

This latest infection brings the total number of confirmed cases in California to 56.

7:58 p.m. ET, March 6, 2020

Coronavirus death toll in Washington rises to 14

From CNN's Andy Rose

EvergreenHeath announced that its 12th novel coronavirus patient has died at its hospital in Kirkland, Washington.

This raises the coronavirus death toll in Washington state to 14, including two past coronavirus fatalities reported at other locations in Washington.

7:56 p.m. ET, March 6, 2020

CDC says older adults should “stay at home as much as possible” due to coronavirus

From CNN Health’s Elizabeth Cohen and John Bonifield

Amid a coronavirus outbreak in the United States, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted new guidance on its website, encouraging older people and people with severe chronic medical conditions to “stay at home as much as possible.”

This advice is on a CDC website that was posted Thursday. 

The CDC says early data suggests older people and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung, or kidney disease are at higher risk for more serious illness from the novel coronavirus. The CDC says older people are twice as likely to become seriously ill if they become infected with the virus.

Some context: This advice from the CDC comes as two top infectious disease experts with ties to the federal government have advised people over 60 and those with underlying health problems to strongly consider avoiding activities that involve large crowds, such as traveling by airplane, going to movie theaters, attending family events, shopping at crowded malls, and going to religious services. 

A Trump administration official tells CNN that the US Department of Health and Human Services “is in the process of doing targeted outreach to the elderly community and those that have serious underlying health conditions.”