March 13 coronavirus news

By Jessie Yeung, Joshua Berlinger, Adam Renton, Meg Wagner, Mike Hayes and Veronica Rocha, CNN

Updated 9:49 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020
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7:04 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

Trump says some cruise lines will suspend outbound cruises for 30 days

President Trump tweeted that at his request, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and MSC cruise lines will suspend outbound cruises for 30 days.

In his Rose Garden address earlier Friday, the President said “we’ll be helping” the cruise line industry but did not directly answer if there would be a bailout provided.

Read the President's tweet:

Norwegian CEO Harry Sommer confirmed in a statement his company's cruise lines would not operate until April 12.

"While we have not had any confirmed cases across our 17-ship fleet and are taking this measure in an abundance of caution, we felt it necessary to do our part," he said.

6:16 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

"Last Week Tonight" and "Real Time with Bill Maher" halt production over coronavirus concerns

From CNN’s Sandra Gonzalez

Lloyd Bishop/HBO/FILE
Lloyd Bishop/HBO/FILE

HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” and “Real Time with Bill Maher” will temporarily halt production due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, a spokesperson for HBO announced Friday.

“Last Week Tonight” will air a shortened episode on Sunday before beginning hiatus.

Earlier today, ABC television announced that “Jimmy Kimmel Live” will also suspend production starting March 16.

6:27 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

Pelosi says deal reached on US coronavirus response

From CNN's Phil Mattingly

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrives earlier on Friday, March 13,  to speak about the House coronavirus bill on Capitol Hill.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrives earlier on Friday, March 13, to speak about the House coronavirus bill on Capitol Hill. Scott Applewhite

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has released a letter to colleagues announcing a deal with the White House to pass a coronavirus response bill.

“We are proud to have reached an agreement with the Administration to resolve outstanding challenges, and now will soon pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act," she said in the letter. 


6:09 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

Colorado activates National Guard to deal with coronavirus outbreak

From CNN’s Leslie Perrot

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has activated the National Guard due to the coronavirus outbreak, his office's said in a statement.

The governor is encouraging any doctors and healthcare workers not currently working to reach out to previous employers to help increase capacity.

Additionally, licensing restrictions are being eased so that medical professionals with licenses from outside the state can be licensed in Colorado as quickly as possible, the statement said.

Nursing homes will have restricted visitation and screen 100 percent of individuals before entry, according to the statement.

6:04 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

Two new presumptive positives of novel coronavirus reported in Nebraska

Two new presumptive positive cases of novel coronavirus have been identified in Nebraska, bringing the state total to 13, according to the state's Department of Health and Human Services.

The new cases are a man in his 50s and a woman in her 60s. They are both Douglas County residents who have recently traveled, a statement from the department said.

6:26 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

Trump fundraiser attendees notified fellow attendee has tested positive for coronavirus

From CNN's Betsy Klein

Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.
Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida. J. David Ake/AP/FILE

One of nearly 900 attendees at a Trump Victory fundraiser brunch last Sunday at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club has tested positive for coronavirus.

Trump Victory, the merged efforts between Trump’s re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee, informed attendees in an email Friday.

“We unfortunately write today to notify you that an attendee at the Trump Victory-sponsored event you attended at Mar-a-Lago on Sunday, March 8, has tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We do not know if the individual had the virus by the time of the event, but out of an abundance of caution, wanted to call this to your attention,” the letter said, encouraging supporters to contact their medical provider if they develop symptoms.

Trump participated in a photo line and gave a speech, per a source familiar with the event. Approximately 70-100 people participated in the photo line. 

Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh told CNN "there was no interaction" between the attendee who has tested positive and the President. 

“Attendees had no direct interaction with the President at this event and the VP did not attend this event,” a Republican official reiterated.

Though it’s unknown if the person had the virus while they attended the brunch, it’s another example of the risks of exposure in large group settings. This week, the Trump campaign made the decision to cancel rallies and move other campaign events to a virtual forum for the foreseeable future as the outbreak progresses.

5:57 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

Wisconsin closes all K-12 schools until at least April 6

From CNN’s Brad Parks

Gov. Tony Evers declares a public health emergency on Thursday, March 12, in response to a growing number of cases of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus, in Wisconsin.
Gov. Tony Evers declares a public health emergency on Thursday, March 12, in response to a growing number of cases of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus, in Wisconsin. Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP

Wisconsin will close all K-12 schools starting Wednesday, Gov. Tony Evers said in a statement, and will remain closed until at least April 6.

The decree is part of the state’s efforts to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. The reopening date is subject to change pending further information, the statement said.

At least 19 coronavirus cases have reported in Wisconsin, according to the statement.

5:50 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

Catholic schools in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara are closing and moving to remote learning

From CNN's Jenn Selva

The Los Angeles Archdiocese has closed schools in L.A., Ventura and Santa Barbara through the end of the month and will move to remote learning, according to a statement.

Calling the move "unprecedented," Archbishop José Gomez said nearly 75,000 students will be affected.

Archbishop Gomez said there are no confirmed cases in their schools, but hopes the closures will protect the public’s health.

5:48 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

Illinois will close all schools starting Tuesday

All K-12 schools in Illinois will be closed starting next Tuesday through March 30, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced at a news conference Friday.

This includes all public and private schools, Prtizker said.

“All of these choices have cascading effects for citizens and vulnerable populations when it comes to food access, safety, childcare, and social services," he said in a statement. "We’ve seen what happens in places that didn’t move with urgency. I ask all of you not to hesitate to do the right thing for your family, your friends, and your community. One small step at a time, we will get through this together.”

School meals for students in need will still be provided through either delivery or parent pick up, Pritzker said.

At least one administrator from each school will remain on site at each school should students need a safe place to go, the Illinois State Superintendent of Education Carmen Ayala said. 

Daycare centers will remain open, according to a statement.