Medical workers outside Mechnikov North-Western State Medical University, where students have been place under quarantine, in St. Petersburg, Russia.

March 9 coronavirus news

By Jessie Yeung, Joshua Berlinger, Steve George, Tara John and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 10:14 p.m. ET, March 9, 2020
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12:34 p.m. ET, March 9, 2020

Georgia identifies state park for isolating coronavirus patients

From CNN's Devon Sayers

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced that out of an abundance of caution the state has identified Hard Labor Creek State Park in Morgan County as a location for isolating and monitoring patients who may have been exposed to coronavirus, according to a statement released by the his office.

The state park is located about an hour east of downtown Atlanta.

No patients are currently scheduled to be transferred to this location. State officials are currently preparing the site for the placement of future patients having already delivered and installed seven emergency trailers, according to the governor’s office.

12:32 p.m. ET, March 9, 2020

French football matches will be played in front of fewer than 1,000 fans until April

From CNN’s Aleks Klosok

All Ligue 1 matches in France will be played behind closed doors or with a maximum attendance of 1,000 spectators until April 15 due to the coronavirus outbreak, French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu said at a news conference today

Maracineanu said the restrictions had been decided in coordination with European partners, adding: “We are in an exceptional context and the sporting world must take part in this collective effort. I want to applaud the sense of responsibility and the solidarity that world actors are showing with whom I am in permanent contact.”

The decision comes after Paris Saint-Germain's Ligue 1 game against Strasbourg was postponed this past Saturday due to the virus. 

Maracineanu also confirmed that France’s upcoming international football friendly matches against Ukraine (scheduled to be played in Paris on March 27) and Finland (scheduled for March 31 in Lyon) could also be impacted.

“If they can be postponed, they will be. If they cannot be, then they will have to happen with no more than 1,000 people in the stadium, she said.

12:18 p.m. ET, March 9, 2020

New York is making its own hand sanitizer using prison labor

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today that the state will attempt to combat "price gouging" and a shortage of hand sanitizer by making its own.

Cuomo said at a press conference that the hand sanitizer will be made by Corcraft, a company that operates in the state's prison. The company employs inmates to produce products like household cleaners and tables and chairs.

He said they are aiming to make "100,000 gallons" a week.

Cuomo said New York's hand sanitizer will be "75% alcohol" and added that the smell has a "floral bouquet."

He said the product will not be sold on the open market at this time. It will be made available in schools and prisons.

12:13 p.m. ET, March 9, 2020

Head of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey tests positive for the coronavirus

Rick Cotton, the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, has tested positive for the coronavirus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference today.

Cotton is under quarantine and will continue working from home, Cuomo said. 

His senior team will be tested and placed under quarantine, according to Cuomo. 

Cotton could have contracted the illness because he had been working around the airports, Cuomo said.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey oversees much of New York City's travel infrastructure, including some airports, tunnels, bridges and seaports.

11:57 a.m. ET, March 9, 2020

Irish cities cancel St. Patrick's Day parades

From CNN's Lindsay Isaac

The city of Dublin has canceled its annual St. Patrick’s Day parade over coronavirus fears, according to state broadcaster RTE and the Press Association.

A smaller parade planned in Cork, in south coastal Ireland, has also been canceled, its city council said in a statement. The Cork parade is the second largest, attracting up to 50,000 spectators. 

The city council said it made the decision after a risk assessment based on World Health Organization guidelines. The assessment said that "based on the demographic of those attending the parade, the close proximity of people attending the event and the duration of the event (among other considerations), Cork City Council is not in a position to provide the necessary assurances in relation to current WHO Guidelines.” 

11:34 a.m. ET, March 9, 2020

There are now more than 140 coronavirus cases in New York

From CNN's Sheena Jones

New York has 142 confirmed coronavirus cases, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday morning. That number is up from the 106 previously reported.

Rick Cotton, the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, has tested positive for the coronavirus, Cuomo said during a press conference.

Cotton is under quarantine and his senior team will be tested and placed under quarantine, according to Cuomo.

New York has also created its own hand sanitizer to compete with price gouging. The sanitizer will be used in schools and other city/state properties.

Gov. Cuomo also issued guidance for schools in New Rochelle saying, in part, they could be closed for weeks.

For all schools across the state, if a student tests positive, that school has to be closed for an initial 24-hour period until it can be investigated, Cuomo said.

11:24 a.m. ET, March 9, 2020

South Korea confirms three more deaths from coronavirus

From CNN's Yoonjung Seo in Seoul 

South Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported three more deaths from the novel coronavirus Monday, raising the national toll to 54 deaths.

11:23 a.m. ET, March 9, 2020

2 coronavirus cases in Florida are related to an active cruise ship port

From CNN’s Rosa Flores

Broward County in Florida announced that two of the three presumptive positive cases of coronavirus in the county are related to people coming through Port Everglades. Port Everglades is among the most active ports in the US for cruise ships, cargo and petroleum products.

The county government is not providing additional information about what exactly connects the cases to Port Everglades. 

The Florida Department of Health has reported 13 cases of coronavirus in the state, including two deaths.

11:15 a.m. ET, March 9, 2020

FDA says companies are selling “unapproved drugs” for coronavirus

From CNN's Arman Azad)

Federal regulators on Monday chastised seven companies for selling “unapproved drugs” that claim to prevent or treat coronavirus. These drugs “pose significant risks to patient health and violate federal law,” the regulators said.

The companies, which sell teas, essential oils, tinctures and colloidal silver, received warning letters from the US Food and Drug Administration and the US Federal Trade Commission. They have 48 hours to respond, the agencies said, or risk facing product seizures and legal injunctions.

More context: No vaccines or drugs are currently approved to treat the novel coronavirus, according to the FDA. The agency’s commissioner, Dr. Stephen M. Hahn, called the sale and promotion of the violating products “a threat to public health” and pledged to “hold bad actors accountable.”