March 14 coronavirus news

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9:46 p.m. ET, March 14, 2020

Two New York State Assembly members among state's coronavirus cases

From CNN's Laura Ly

New York State Assembly members Helene Weinstein and Charles Barron have both tested positive for coronavirus, according to a statement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo Saturday.

"It is important to note that both members have not been in Albany since early March for separate reasons," Cuomo's statement read.

The Capital and Legislative Office Building will undergo "an intensive cleaning," Cuomo said, and all legislators who came in contact with Weinstein and Barron will be tested.

"Additionally, out of an abundance of caution we are closing the Capitol to visitors effective tomorrow," Cuomo said.

9:40 p.m. ET, March 14, 2020

Detroit Pistons player tests positive for coronavirus

From CNN’s Homero De La Fuente 

An official game ball sits on the court during a game between the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks in Detroit on February 20.
An official game ball sits on the court during a game between the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks in Detroit on February 20. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

A player fo the Detroit Pistons tested positive for coronavirus, the team announced Saturday. The team would not identify the player.

This is the third NBA player to test positive for coronavirus. The other two were Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert and guard Donovan Mitchell.

The Pistons are “working closely with team medical staff, state and local government and public health officials and the NBA on reporting. The individual will remain in isolation and under the care of team medical staff," the team's statement read.

The Pistons played the Jazz on Saturday, March 7. After two players tested positive for coronavirus, the team decided to test players and asked them to self-isolate until further notice.

 

9:20 p.m. ET, March 14, 2020

French politician tests positive for coronavirus

From CNN's Jennifer Hauser

Brune Poirson leaves the Elysee palace at the end of the weekly cabinet meeting, on September 11, 2019 in Paris.
Brune Poirson leaves the Elysee palace at the end of the weekly cabinet meeting, on September 11, 2019 in Paris. Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

Brune Poirson, the French Secretary of State to the Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition, tested positive for coronavirus, a ministry spokesperson told CNN on Saturday.

The spokesperson added that "despite the symptoms, her health condition showed no worrying signs ... In accordance with health authority's recommendations, all the contact cases have been identified and are quarantined as of now." 

Earlier this week, French Minister of Culture Franck Riester was diagnosed with coronavirus, ministry officials told CNN. 

And last week a French MP and parliament staffer tested positive. 

9:17 p.m. ET, March 14, 2020

2,800 coronavirus cases now reported in the US, with 58 deaths

From CNN's Hollie Silverman

A nurse works collects tests at a coronavirus testing center at the University of Washington Medical center in Seattle on March 13.
A nurse works collects tests at a coronavirus testing center at the University of Washington Medical center in Seattle on March 13. John Moore/Getty Images

There are at least 2,816 cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States, according to the state and local health agencies, governments and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A total of 58 people have died. 

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 2746 cases in 49 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases to 2,816 in total. 

 West Virginia is the only state not reporting a case of coronavirus.  

9:12 p.m. ET, March 14, 2020

Austin, Texas, bans gathering of 250 or more to combat spread of coronavirus

From CNN's Hollie Silverman

The city of Austin, Texas, is banning gatherings of 250 people or more beginning at 2 a.m. Sunday until at least May 1, according to a news release from the city.

Mayor Steve Adler's order defines community gatherings as "any indoor or outdoor event that is likely to bring together 250 or more people at the same time in a single room or other confined or enclosed space, such as an auditorium, theatre, stadium arena or event center, meeting hall, conference center, large cafeteria, restaurant, nightclub/bar, or any other confined indoor or confined outdoor space."

 Weddings, religious gatherings, parties, funerals, sporting events, social events, conferences and other large gatherings are just some examples of events that could potentially be included in the ban, the release said.

 "The prohibition does not generally include office space or residential buildings, transit including airports, bus stations or terminals, grocery stores, shopping malls, or hospitals and medical offices and facilities," the release said, with the reason being that people in these areas tend to not be within an arm's reach of each other for an extended period of time.

The new order will be enforced by peace officers, City of Austin Code Department inspectors and the Office of the Austin Fire Marshall beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, the release says.

Those in violation of the order will face a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or jail of up to 180 days.

8:42 p.m. ET, March 14, 2020

Los Angeles and Chicago pro sports teams pledge financial support to hourly workers

From CNN’s Homero De La Fuente 

The exterior of Staples Center in Los Angeles is seen on March 12, after both the NHL and NBA postponed seasons due to coronavirus concerns.
The exterior of Staples Center in Los Angeles is seen on March 12, after both the NHL and NBA postponed seasons due to coronavirus concerns. Harry How/Getty Images

Professional sports teams in Los Angeles and Chicago announced Saturday they'd be helping to provide financial support to hourly workers at their respective arenas.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers with the NBA and Kings with the NHL said they will be establishing a fund to provide financial support to all hourly event staff employees impacted by the suspension of sporting events at STAPLES Center, according to a news release from the teams.

The payments from the fund will be distributed to more than 2,800 active hourly event staff, the release said.

In Chicago, the Bulls and Blackhawks both announced they would be paying their United Center day-of-game employees through the remainder of the originally scheduled season, according to a tweet from the Bulls. The United Center currently employs approximately 1,200 day of game staff.

8:13 p.m. ET, March 14, 2020

US now has almost 2,800 coronavirus cases and 57 deaths

From CNN's Hollie Silverman

There are at least 2,795 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.

A total of 57 people have died. 

 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 2,725 cases in 49 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases to 2,795 in total.

 West Virginia is the only state to not reporting a case of coronavirus.  

7:46 p.m. ET, March 14, 2020

Spanish PM’s wife tests positive for coronavirus

From CNN’s Laura Perez-Maestro 

Spain's government announced Saturday that the wife of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to a government statement.

“The tests carried out in the last hours in Moncloa [the prime minister’s residence] on the people closest to the prime minister have tested positive in the case of his wife, Doña Begoña Gómez," the statement read. "Both Mrs. Gómez and the president are well, both remain in La Moncloa and follow the preventive measures established by the health authorities at all times."

7:37 p.m. ET, March 14, 2020

White House says President Trump tests negative for coronavirus

From CNN's Kevin Bohn

President Donald Trump answers reporters' questions as he leaves the room following a press conference at the White House on Saturday morning.
President Donald Trump answers reporters' questions as he leaves the room following a press conference at the White House on Saturday morning. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

President Donald Trump's coronavirus test came back negative Saturday, according to White House physician Sean P. Conley.

"One week after having dinner with the Brazilian delegation in Mar-a-Lago, the President remains symptom free," Conley's note read.