March 26 coronavirus news

By Jessie Yeung, Joshua Berlinger, Adam Renton, Meg Wagner, Emma Reynolds and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 0252 GMT (1052 HKT) March 27, 2020
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9:33 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Two different Boston hospitals each have more than 40 employees that tested positive

From CNN's Ellie Kaufman

A sign for Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
A sign for Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Credit: Jodi Hilton/Getty Images

Two different Boston hospitals tell CNN that they now each have more than 40 employees who have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital has 45 employees that have tested positive, Brigham Health Media Relations Associate Serena Bronda told CNN.

“Employees who have tested positive are not working until after they have been cleared by Occupational Health Services,” Bronda said.

Massachusetts General Hospital has 41 employees who have tested positive, but most are believed to have contracted the virus somewhere other than the hospital, said Senior Public Affairs Officer Terri Ogan.

“Based on hospital data, our broad implementation of CDC-guided infection control procedures throughout the hospital, and the extent of community spread now ongoing in Massachusetts, it’s believed that the vast majority of these individuals did not contract the virus at work,” Ogan said in an email.
8:46 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

US hotels were mostly empty last week, new data shows

From CNN's Aaron Cooper

New data shows nearly 70% of the hotel rooms in the United States were vacant last week, according to data and analytics group STR. 

That national occupancy rate is a 56% decline from the same week last year. The average occupied room cost is about $93, also down from last year. 

The San Francisco area and New York recorded the worst declines, with less than 17% of hotel rooms in both cities occupied, according to STR. That represents an 80% decrease from this time last year.

Many hotels across the country have closed entirely. One example, The Boston Harbor Hotel, a luxury property in downtown Boston, closed last Saturday, according to its website, and hopes to reopen May 18.

9:43 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Boeing could receive billions from stimulus package

From CNN's Gregory Wallace and Phil Mattingly

Stephen Brashear/Getty Images
Stephen Brashear/Getty Images

Boeing, which recently asked lawmakers for a massive financial aid package to prop up its industry, could qualify for a special $17 billion slice of the proposed $2 trillion stimulus package.

It's not clear, however, whether the company would actually take the funds.

The aerospace giant is among the companies that would qualify for the government-backed loans reserved "for businesses critical to maintaining national security," and the only one that has made it clear that it needs the assistance.

The company is intricately linked to both the US government and the nation's economy. It is the country's largest exporter, is a major government contractor, and consistently ranks among the top 10 companies lobbying federal officials, with millions spent annually.

The company has also come under scrutiny from lawmakers and the Federal Aviation Administration after two fatal 737 MAX crashes killed 346 people and internal documents showed the company mocked and belittled its regulators. 

Some context: Boeing said last week that "a minimum of $60 billion" in public and private loans is necessary "to manage the pressure on the aviation sector and the economy as a whole."

It said it would share "much of any liquidity support to Boeing" with its vast network of suppliers.

9:41 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Marine who works inside Pentagon tests positive for Covid-19

From CNN's Barbara Starr

AFP via Getty Images
AFP via Getty Images

The Pentagon confirmed Wednesday that a Marine who works inside the building has tested positive for Covid-19.

A defense official said the last time the Marine, an officer, was in the Pentagon was March 13. He began self-isolation on March 15. He works in the plans, policy and operations office of Marine Corps headquarters.

This is the first military personnel based at the Pentagon to test positive.

“A marine stationed at the Pentagon tested positive for Covid-19 on March 24. Per U.S. Centers for Disease Control guidelines, the Marine is in isolation at his home and will undergo further assessment by health professionals," the Marines said in a statement. "The Marine followed official guidance by isolating himself when his spouse began to show symptoms. Once he became ill, he contacted his assigned medical facility. His workspace has been cleaned by a Pentagon response team and a thorough contact investigation is underway to mitigate risk and preserve the health of our Marines, civilians, and families.”

Separately, a staff member who works in the Pentagon’s National Military Command Center is awaiting test results, a second defense official confirmed.

It's not immediately clear when the person was last in the command center and what part of that complex they work in. 

Defense One was first to report both cases.