March 12 coronavirus news

By Jessie Yeung, Adam Renton, Sheena McKenzie and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 0206 GMT (1006 HKT) March 13, 2020
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12:46 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

Maine reports first presumptive positive case of coronavirus

From CNN’s Leslie Holland

Maine has its first presumptive positive coronavirus case — a woman in her 50s — according to Gov. Janet Mills.

The patient is quarantined in their home, according to a statement.

“The Maine CDC is speaking to the individual and her medical provider to assess travel history and begin to investigate possible community exposure,” the statement said.
12:43 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

A passenger on a JetBlue flight to West Palm Beach tests positive for coronavirus

 From CNN's Chuck Johnston and Anna Sturla

A JetBlue passenger who tested positive for coronavirus is now in isolation in Florida, according to Alex Shaw, spokesperson with Florida Department of Health. 

The passenger was on a flight from New York City to West Palm Beach Wednesday night. The passenger alerted the crew upon landing that he had received a notification confirming a positive coronavirus test, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said. 

The Florida Department of Health was made aware that a passenger traveling through the Palm Beach International Airport tested positive for COVID-19. "Upon being notified, the Department immediately began working with the CDC to conduct an extensive epidemiological investigation to determine which passengers may have had close contact with the individual," Shaw said in a statement to CNN.  

The Palm Beach airport has temporarily closed down Concourse A for cleaning after passengers aboard the Jet Blue flight were taken through that area. And the gate and terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport where the flight departed was cleaned, according to a statement. 

12:45 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

CDC says cost of coronavirus treatment will be covered

Dr. Anthony Fauci, left, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks with Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, before testifying at a House Oversight Committee hearing on the coronavirus outbreak in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, left, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks with Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, before testifying at a House Oversight Committee hearing on the coronavirus outbreak in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. Credit: Patrick Semansky/AP

Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the cost of testing and treatment will be covered.

During Thursday’s House Oversight committee hearing on novel coronavirus, Rep. Ayanna Pressley asked Redfield, "will the cost of testing be covered,” Redfield responded, "the cost of testing will be covered.”

Following up, Pressley asked, "and what about treatment?" Redfield said, "cost of treatment will be covered."

Redfield said the White House Coronavirus Task Force is working hard to make sure everyone is financially able to stay home if necessary during the coronavirus outbreak.  

He said the task force has "addressed this as a critical public health component,” adding the United States needs to ensure those under a 14-day quarantine “not have to sneak out for an hourly job so they have to pay for their cost of living."

12:38 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

Italian football club player tests positive for coronavirus

From CNN’s Jonathan Hawkins in Atlanta

Manolo Gabbiadini of UC Sampdoria is pictured on the pitch during a Serie A football match in Turin, Italy, on February 8
Manolo Gabbiadini of UC Sampdoria is pictured on the pitch during a Serie A football match in Turin, Italy, on February 8 Credit: Massimiliano Ferraro/NurPhoto/Getty Images

Sampdoria striker Manolo Gabbiadini has become the second Serie A player to test positive for coronavirus. 

The Genoa-based club announced the diagnosis in a statement earlier on Thursday: “(Gabbiadini) has a fever, but is doing well. The club is currently activating all the isolation procedures required by law.”

The 28-year-old striker confirmed the news in a tweet: “I also tested positive for Coronavirus,” he wrote. “I want to thank everyone who wrote to me, many messages have already arrived. I want to tell you that I’m fine, so don’t worry. Follow all the rules, stay home and everything will work out.”

The news comes after 25-year-old Juventus defender Daniele Rugani announced on Wednesday that he had contracted the virus – the first player in Serie A to do so. 

12:42 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

Democratic debate moved from Arizona to Washington, DC, over coronavirus concerns

The Democratic debate stage in Des Moines, Iowa, on January 14.
The Democratic debate stage in Des Moines, Iowa, on January 14. Credit: Victor J. Blue for CNN

The Democratic debate scheduled for Sunday will be moved from Arizona to Washington, DC, the Democratic National Committee announced Thursday.

"Out of an abundance of caution and in order to reduce cross-country travel, all parties have decided that the best path forward is to hold Sunday's debate at CNN's studio in Washington, D.C., with no live audience," DNC communications director Xochitl Hinojosa said in a statement.

The debate is slated to begin at 8 p.m. ET, Sunday, and will air exclusively live on CNN, CNN en Español, CNN International, and Univision, as well as on multiple digital platforms.

Read more here.

12:36 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

US Soccer cancels all national team matches through April

US Soccer has canceled through April all of its upcoming matches for the women's and men's senior national teams, as well as the majority of its youth national and extended national team camps, it said in a Thursday news release.

Its chief medical officer, George Chiampas, said the cancellation was in the best interest of all involved due to the coronavirus outbreak.

"We have been in communication with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as state and local departments of public health, and after those conversations and continuously monitoring the situation, we strongly believe this is the best decision considering the ongoing worldwide health situation."

The US women's national team, fresh off its 3-1 win against Japan on Wednesday, had two April matches in Utah and California canceled. The men's national team was slated to play the Netherlands and Wales on March 26 and March 30, respectively. Those matches were scheduled to be played on their opponent's home soil.

The United States poses with the 2020 SheBelieves Cup Championship trophy at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, on Wednesday.
The United States poses with the 2020 SheBelieves Cup Championship trophy at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, on Wednesday. Credit: Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire/Getty Images

12:26 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

Emergency declaration announced in Tennessee due to coronavirus outbreak

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has signed an emergency declaration to help "treat and mitigate" the novel coronavirus outbreak in the state, he said during a news conference on Thursday. 

Lee said the executive order will allow for additional federal funds that will make it easier to respond to this disease. 

Seven people have tested positive for coronavirus in the state, according to the Tennessee Health Department. 

12:31 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

Trump says he's "not concerned" after Brazilian official who visited him tests positive for coronavirus

President Trump said he was aware of reports that a Brazilian official who was at his Florida resort last weekend had been diagnosed with coronavirus — but said he’s not concerned.  

Fabio Wajngarten, the press secretary for Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, tested positive for coronavirus today, according to two sources who spoke to CNN.

Wajngarten was with Bolsonaro on last weekend’s US trip, during which the Brazilian president dined with President Trump at Mar-a-Lago. Wajngarten posted a picture of himself with Trump on Instagram a few days ago.

“I did hear something about that,” Trump said from the Oval Office today. “We had dinner together in Florida, at Mar-a-Lago with the entire delegation. I don’t know if the press aide was there. If he was there, he was there. But we did nothing very unusual.”  

Trump then said that the two “sat next to each other for a period of time,” but he seemed to be referring to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. He said the two, “had a great conversation.”  

“He’s doing a terrific job in Brazil,” Trump said, “and we’ll find out what happens. I guess they’re being tested right now.” 

Pressed on if he had an update on their condition, Trump put it bluntly: “Let’s put it this way,” he said, “I’m not concerned.” 

 

12:52 p.m. ET, March 12, 2020

Oregon governor orders all events of more than 250 people canceled statewide

From CNN's Chris Boyette

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown speaks in October 2015.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown speaks in October 2015. Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced at a news conference Thursday that all large gatherings of more than 250 people will be canceled statewide effective immediately for four weeks in an attempt to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Oregon health officials have previously recommend keeping schools open to support students’ well-being and access to health care and food, but Brown announced Thursday that all non-essential school-associated gatherings and group activities should be canceled — such as group parent meetings, field trips, and competitions.