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March 8 coronavirus news

By Helen Regan, Jenni Marsh, Rob Picheta and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 11:07 p.m. ET, March 8, 2020
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2:12 p.m. ET, March 8, 2020

Oregon governor declares state of emergency 

From CNN's Hollie Silverman

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown declared a state of emergency in response to seven new cases of novel coronavirus.

These seven cases were identified late Saturday night, Brown said during a press conference today.

The state total is now at 14, Brown said.

The declaration will allow the state to tap into their emergency resources including the activation of reserves of emergency volunteer healthcare professionals, Brown said.

The state of emergency remains in effect for 60 days and can be extended as needed until the virus is contained, Brown said.

2:15 p.m. ET, March 8, 2020

3 new cases of novel coronavirus in Ontario and Alberta

Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced the province’s third and fourth presumptive cases of novel coronavirus today.

Both cases are travel-related and they are recovering in isolation at home with support from public health officials, Hinshaw said.

The new cases are a man in his 60s who had recently been on a Grand Princess cruise before returning to Alberta on Feb. 21 and a woman in her 30s who is a close contact of someone who had recently travelled in Europe, including visits to Ukraine, Turkey and the Netherlands, Hinshaw said.

This afternoon, Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, also confirmed another positive case of novel coronavirus in Ontario.

The case is a woman in her 40s, who returned from Colorado on March 2.

By the numbers: These new cases bring Canada’s total number of cases to 63, including 29 in Ontario, 27 in British Columbia, three in Quebec, and four in Alberta.

2:15 p.m. ET, March 8, 2020

Grand Princess captain says the cruise ship near California will dock Monday

From CNN's Hollie Silverman

The captain of the Grand Princess said in an announcement today that the cruise ship will dock Monday. 

A passenger will be taken to shore for medical care by the Coast Guard which is also dropping off prescription medications for passengers, Captain John Smith said in the announcement.

There is no specific arrival time for Monday, Smith said.

1:53 p.m. ET, March 8, 2020

2 more coronavirus cases confirmed in New Jersey

From CNN's Elizabeth Joseph

Two additional cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in New Jersey, the state’s department of health posted today, bringing the state-wide total to six.

Thirty-one individuals have tested negative and there are 27 persons under investigation, the state said.

1:42 p.m. ET, March 8, 2020

Connecticut confirms its first case of coronavirus

From CNN's Elizabeth Joseph

The first confirmed case of coronavirus in Connecticut has been announced by the state’s department of health.

Twenty-nine individuals have tested negative, and eight test results are pending, the state government posted this afternoon.

A New York resident with ties to Connecticut has been confirmed with COVID-19 – that person is included in the New York state total.

1:41 p.m. ET, March 8, 2020

The US Army suspends travel for soldiers and families to and from South Korea and Italy

From CNN's Barbara Starr

The US Army is suspending travel for US soldiers and their families to and from South Korea and Italy.

This new order will have the greatest impact on soldiers and families who have been ordered to move to their next duty station.

1:36 p.m. ET, March 8, 2020

German citizen dies from coronavirus in Egypt

From Magdy Samaan in Cairo and Raja Razek in Atlanta

Egypt's Ministry of Health announced the death of a German citizen from the coronavirus on Sunday. This marks the first death from the coronavirus in Egypt.

Khaled Mujahid, the Minister of Health spokesperson, said in a statement on Sunday that the German citizen was 60-years-old and that he traveled from Luxor to the beachside, resort town of Hurghada, Egypt.

Once he arrived in Hurghada, he showed symptoms of a high temperature and went to the hospital to receive medical care on the evening of his arrival, March 6. He tested positive for the coronavirus and was placed later in the ICU due to respiratory failure and died Sunday.

Mujahid added that the German citizen was in Egypt for seven days.


1:36 p.m. ET, March 8, 2020

Reverend of US church tested positive for coronavirus

From CNN's Raymond Arke

Rev. Timothy A. R. Cole, the rector of Christ Church Georgetown in Washington, D.C., tested positive for the coronavirus, according to Rev. Crystal Hardin, assistant to the rector.

The DC Department of Health recommended a temporary pause of services at the church so the church canceled services for Sunday, the first cancellation of Sunday services in a 150 years, Hardin said.

In an email obtained by CNN’s Dana Bash to the church’s parishioners, Cole said, “There is no need to panic” and confirmed he is the DC resident who tested positive for the virus.

“I want to assure you that I will be okay. I am receiving excellent care and am in good spirts under the circumstances. I will remain quarantined for the next 14 days as will the rest of my family,” Cole said in the email.
1:24 p.m. ET, March 8, 2020

Crew members on Florida cruise ship tested for coronavirus

From CNN’s Rosa Flores

The Regal Princess is currently being held off the Florida coast as crew members, who previously served aboard the Grand Princess, are tested for novel coronavirus, according to Broward County. The crew members are being tested at the request of the Centers for Disease Control.

The US Coast Guard (USCG) told CNN they were notified of a no sail order for the Regal Princess by the Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A USCG crew delivered coronavirus test kits to the ship this morning.

The Regal Princess’ captain told passengers aboard the ship that they would await results of the test before docking.

Some context: The Grand Princess has been held off the California coast after 21 people on board tested positive for coronavirus. That ship is scheduled to dock in Oakland on Monday.

The cruise line has not returned CNN’s calls for comment.