March 10 coronavirus news
Vice President Mike Pence was pressed Tuesday on whether the Trump campaign would continue to hold campaign rallies in spite of US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance encouraging Americans to avoid large gatherings.
"That’ll be a decision that’s made literally on a day-to-day basis,” he said.
Pence continued: “I’m very confident that the campaign will take the very best information and make the very best decision going forward.”
A Trump campaign source told CNN again Tuesday evening that a forthcoming presidential rally would be announced today, but so far no such announcement has been made.
CNN first reported Monday that planning for a Trump rally was underway.
And a source familiar with the campaign’s plans told CNN, “They are proceeding as normal until told not to” by the President.
The source suggested that the campaign is waiting to see what Trump’s Democratic rivals do as coronavirus progresses.
“They will not want to take the lead on canceling campaign events, and will only do so if and when the Sanders and Biden campaigns cancel events,” the source said.
Both Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders’ campaigns canceled rallies citing the coronavirus outbreak on Tuesday evening.
President Trump did not attend the coronavirus news conference Tuesday, despite telling reporters Monday that he would return to brief this afternoon.
“We'll be coming back from the Senate, and we have a lot of very important meetings set up. And we'll have a press conference sometime after that, and we'll explain what we're doing on an economic standpoint and from an economic standpoint,” he told reporters in the briefing room Monday, adding, “I will be here tomorrow afternoon to let you know about some of the economic steps we're taking, which will be major.”
Instead, Vice President Mike Pence is leading Tuesday's briefing with other members of the coronavirus task force.
As for the President, he is tweeting about unemployment, posting during the briefing, “Best unemployment numbers in the history of our Country. Best employment number EVER, almost 160 million people working right now. Vote Republican, unless you want to see these numbers obliterated!”
He did briefly address reporters on Capitol Hill after his lunch with Republican senators earlier Tuesday.
Google is recommending all employees in North America work from home for the next month, according to an email shown to CNN.
“Out of an abundance of caution, and for the protection of Alphabet and the broader community, we now recommend the you work from home if your role allows,” the email from Chris Rackow, Google’s vice president of global security, says in part.
All 11 offices in the US and Canada are affected, with the Bay Area and New York offices upgrading from a voluntary work from home status to recommended.
“The goal of businesses moving to work from home (WFH) arrangements it to significantly reduce the density of people and lower the health risk in offices, and also reduce the burden on the local community and health resourced, enabling those in need to get quicker support,” the email states.
Rackow’s email says Google is “carefully monitoring the situation and will update the timeline as necessary.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, provided an update — and a warning — on the novel coronavirus at the White House Tuesday.
As of this morning, he said, there are 712 confirmed cases in the US with 27 deaths.
“By this evening, that’s going to be up. The question is, what are we going to do about that?” he said.
Fauci said there are a number of things that can be done to “interfere with the natural flow” of an outbreak such that it infects less people, leading to less deaths.
“We would like the country to realize that as a nation, we can’t be doing the kinds of things we were doing a few months ago. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a state that has no cases or one case,” Fauci said, referring Americans to the website coronavirus.gov for precautionary methods for the workplace, home, and commercial establishments.
“If and when the infections will come — and they will come, sorry to say, sad to say — when you’re dealing with an infectious disease… we want to be where the infection is going to be, as well as where it is,” Fauci said.
Everyone should be taking those precautions, he said, “whether you live in the zone that has community spread or not.”
“Everybody should say, ‘all hands on deck,’” he said.
Americans who live in places with community spread, according Fauci, should ratchet up those mitigations. That includes the states of Washington, California, New York, and Florida.
Former Vice President Joe Biden plans to speak about coronavirus in his address tonight, his senior adviser tells CNN.
The remarks are still being written. Biden will make remarks in Philadelphia tonight at the National Constitution Center, the campaign tells CNN.
Earlier today, the Biden and Bernie Sanders' campaigns announced that they were canceling rallies in Cleveland tonight out an abundance of caution over the coronavirus outbreak.
Hundreds of passengers have departed the Grand Princess cruise ship in Oakland, according to California Gov. Gavin Newsom.
About two thirds of those passengers are asymptomatic Californians who are being taken to Travis Air Force Base near Sacramento. The others are residents of other states.
Newsom said the plan is still for US citizens to be taken to Lackland Air Force Base in Texas and Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Georgia.
In an announcement recorded aboard the ship, Capt. John Harry Smith told passengers that the remaining US citizens and UK residents traveling on charter flights are expected to exit the ship today.
The majority of guests are expected to be off the ship by end of day tomorrow, the captain said.
A commercial lab in San Juan Capistrano is starting to process coronavirus tests, with a capacity of more than 1,200 tests per day, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday.
This commercial testing will supplement the 18 state labs that are currently operational. More than 1,000 people in California have already been tested and there are 7,675 tests available.
Two more commercial labs are being brought online and will have the capacity to process in excess of 5,000 tests per day. The labs, located in Sacramento and West Hills, will be automated and still need support and approval, but are expected to be online by March 24, Newsom said.
Life Care Center nursing facility in Washington state has now begun testing employees after what many considered a long delay.
The facility now reports 55 patients with coronavirus, with 34 of them hospitalized and 21 inside the facility.
Test results are not yet available for 30 employees who were tested off site. Life Care now believes it has enough resources to test all 180 employees, according to Life Care spokesperson Tim Killian.
All residents of the home have been tested. Only 49 remain in the facility, down from 120 at the outset. Killian says the facility is now conducting a “deep clean.”
Life Care officials have not identified any “patient zero” who may have started the spread, which was first thought to be the flu and confirmed as coronavirus at the beginning of March.
Two more people have died from the coronavirus in King County in Washington state, bringing the county total to 22, according to a statement from local health officials.
That brings the US death toll to 29.
What we know about the two deaths being reported today:
- A woman in her 80s, a resident of Issaquah Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, was hospitalized at Swedish Issaquah
- A male in his 80s, a resident of Ida Culver House, was hospitalized at University of Washington Medical Center
Of the 22 deaths reported in King County, 19 are associated with Life Care Center, according to the statement.