March 10 coronavirus news

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6:50 p.m. ET, March 10, 2020

Google recommends US employees work from home

From CNN’s Jon Passantino

People walk past a Google office building on 9th Avenue in Chelsea district on December 30, 2017 in New York City.
People walk past a Google office building on 9th Avenue in Chelsea district on December 30, 2017 in New York City. Sean Gallup/Getty Images

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.”

6:50 p.m. ET, March 10, 2020

Top US health official: Americans "can't be doing the kinds of things we were doing a few months ago"

From CNN's Betsy Klein 

Dr. Anthony Fauci
Dr. Anthony Fauci Drew Angerer/Getty Images

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.

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5:52 p.m. ET, March 10, 2020

Biden plans to talk about coronavirus tonight

From CNN's Dana Bash and Sarah Mucha

Biden speaks at a campaign event in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, March 10.
Biden speaks at a campaign event in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, March 10. Paul Vernon/AP

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.

5:41 p.m. ET, March 10, 2020

Nearly 300 passengers have departed the Grand Princess cruise ship today

From CNN's Cheri Mossburg

Passengers disembark from the Grand Princess cruise ship as it sits docked in the Port of Oakland on Tuesday, March 10.
Passengers disembark from the Grand Princess cruise ship as it sits docked in the Port of Oakland on Tuesday, March 10. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

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.

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5:16 p.m. ET, March 10, 2020

California expects to process 5,000 coronavirus tests per day once commercial labs are online

From CNN's Cheri Mossburg

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.

5:50 p.m. ET, March 10, 2020

Washington state nursing home is now testing employees for coronavirus

From CNN’s Omar Jimenez

A sign stands at the front entrance of the Life Care Center nursing home on Monday, March 09, 2020 in Kirkland, Washington.
A sign stands at the front entrance of the Life Care Center nursing home on Monday, March 09, 2020 in Kirkland, Washington. John Moore/Getty Images

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.

4:55 p.m. ET, March 10, 2020

Two more people in Washington state die from coronavirus

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.

4:50 p.m. ET, March 10, 2020

Joe Biden cancels rally in Cleveland

From CNN's Jessica Dean

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden during a campaign stop in Columbus, Ohio on March 10, 2020. 
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden during a campaign stop in Columbus, Ohio on March 10, 2020.  Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Joe Biden has canceled his rally tonight in Cleveland, according to tweets from Deputy Campaign Manager Kate Bedingfield.

"In accordance with guidance from public officials and out of an abundance of caution, our rally in Cleveland, Ohio tonight is cancelled," she tweeted.

Bernie Sanders announced earlier that he is also canceling a campaign rally previously scheduled for tonight in Cleveland.

4:57 p.m. ET, March 10, 2020

No consensus reached on economic stimulus for US during coronavirus outbreak

From CNN's Kaitlan Collins, Lauren Fox and Jeremy Diamond 

US President Donald Trump walks over to speak with reporters after meeting with Republican Senators on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on March 10, 2020. 
US President Donald Trump walks over to speak with reporters after meeting with Republican Senators on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on March 10, 2020.   Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

There was no consensus reached during President Trump's lunch with Senate Republicans on ways to boost the economy and blunt the impact from the spreading coronavirus, multiple sources tell CNN.

Trump made the rare trip to Capitol Hill Tuesday after promising "major" and "dramatic" economic steps. But while sources familiar with the lunch said a multitude of options were discussed, members emerged without a concrete plan in hand. 

One option the President has pushed that some Republican senators have been skeptical of is a payroll tax cut, which would put extra cash into people's pockets in hopes of boosting the economy. Several have questioned how effective it would be during the outbreak, when more people are being encouraged to stay home. 

According to several sources familiar with the lunch, Trump floated the idea of a permanent payroll tax cut, but also weighed having a temporary cut that lasted for several months. 

While some assumed it would be limited, Trump suggested he wouldn't want the tax cut to expire before the November election, noting at one point that he would get credit from voters if it passed, according to one person familiar. 

Regarding the idea of a permanent tax cut, Indiana Sen. Mike Braun later told CNN, “It’s probably something I wouldn’t do."

Trump's top economic advisers who accompanied him to the lunch have also raised the idea of paid family sick leave and targeted relief for industries hardest hit by the outbreak, like hotels, airlines and cruises.

Leaving the lunch today, Trump offered no details on the discussions, but said, "You'll be hearing about it soon."