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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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.

5:32 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

TSA to allow hand sanitizer, but it will require special screening

From CNN's Greg Wallace

Jeenah Moon/Getty Images/FILE
Jeenah Moon/Getty Images/FILE

The Transportation Security Administration will allow travelers to bring some larger containers of hand sanitizer through airport security checkpoints, but it will go through a special screening process. 

Travelers with bottles of up to 12 ounces will be allowed to declare the hand sanitizer as a medical liquid. Travelers with these liquids will typically accompany the officer to a specialized machine for screening opaque medical liquids, according to TSA spokesperson Mark Howell. 

That process is also used for medical liquids such as insulin, Howell said. 

The agency warned on its website that hand sanitizer containers above the 3.4 ounce limit “will need to be screened separately, which will add some time to their checkpoint screening experience.” 

For all other liquids, the agency’s regular rules still apply, including limiting bottles to 3.4 ounces within a single plastic bag, TSA said. 

5:21 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

Guatemala reports its first coronavirus case

Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei confirmed the country’s first case of coronavirus Friday.

Giammattei, speaking at a public event in Guatemala City, said a man has been diagnosed with coronavirus. He traveled to Italy last Wednesday and entered the country on an Aeromexico flight. 

In a statement released on Twitter, the President urged Guatemalans to not panic and continue taking preventative measures to combat the spread of the virus.

5:19 p.m. ET, March 13, 2020

At least 2,033 cases of coronavirus have been reported in the US

From CNN's Allison Flexner

This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (orange)—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient in the US, emerging from the surface of cells (gray) cultured in the lab.
This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (orange)—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient in the US, emerging from the surface of cells (gray) cultured in the lab. NIAID-RML

There are at least 2,033 cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States, according to the state and local health agencies, governments and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to the CDC, there are 70 cases from repatriated citizens. According to CNN Health’s tally of US cases that are detected and tested in the United States through US public health systems, there are 1,963 cases in 48 states and the District of Columbia, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases to 2,033. In total, 47 people have died.