The states have announced that they will be closing schools in the coming weeks. The amount of time and conditions under which they will close differ from state to state.
Here are the states that have closed schools so far:
7:29 p.m. ET, March 15, 2020
Massachusetts suspends schools for three weeks
From CNN's Elizabeth Joseph
Massachusetts public and private schools will suspend operations for three weeks beginning Tuesday until April 6, according to a news release from Gov. Charlie Baker.
“Our administration is taking these rapid steps to protect the health and safety of our residents to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” Baker said. “We know that a lot of the measures we are putting into place, including mandatory school closures and prohibiting gatherings of 25 people or more, will cause disruption in people’s day to day lives. With the steps we are taking today, we can ensure residents can still access key state services while taking necessary precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19.”
There are 138 confirmed coronavirus cases in Massachusetts, the state’s health department announced late Saturday afternoon.
8:18 p.m. ET, March 15, 2020
Interest rate cut will 'take a toll on the economy in the near term,' Fed chairman says
From CNN’s Clare Duffy
After cutting the target interest rate to zero on Sunday to help the economy during the coronavirus pandemic, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the measures were "essential to contain the outbreak," but will "take a toll on the economy in the near term."
The Fed took a number of actions "to support American families and business and the economy overall and to support the flow of credit" as it is affected by coronavirus, Powell said.
The Fed expects to maintain the rate until “we are confident the economy has weathered" the current situation, Powell said.
7:14 p.m. ET, March 15, 2020
Lebanon announces two-week lockdown
From Ghazi Balkiz
Lebanon has closed its airport, borders and ports for two weeks starting Sunday until March 29 at midnight to contain the spread of coronavirus in the country, Information Minister Manal Abdul Samad said in a press conference on Sunday in Beirut.
People are obligated to stay in their homes unless there is an "extreme necessity," the minister said.
The government is banning public and private gatherings and government offices will be closed except for security, health and service offices, according to Abul Samad.
All private commercial companies, except for food production-related ones, were also instructed to close, the minister said.
Coronavirus killed three people and infected 100 others in Lebanon as of Sunday.
6:34 p.m. ET, March 15, 2020
All New York City hospitals will be required to cancel elective surgeries, mayor says
From CNN's Laura Ly
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday that he would sign an executive order on Monday requiring all hospitals in the city to cancel elective surgeries in the coming days.
De Blasio said his power to do so exists under New York's state of emergency and that his executive order would be worded carefully to allow some flexibility to close out some existing elective surgeries, but that all elective surgeries would cease soon.
6:40 p.m. ET, March 15, 2020
Starbucks switching to a 'to go' model in US and Canadian stores
From CNN’s Richard Davis
Starbucks announced on Sunday that its US and Canadian stores will move to a “to go” model for at least two weeks to help contain the coronavirus, according to a company news release.
The coffee retail giant said the latest move was intended to encourage social distancing.
“As we all know, the situation with COVID-19 is extremely dynamic and we will continue to review the facts and science and make the proactive decisions necessary to protect our partners, customers and communities,” wrote Rossann Williams, an executive vice president and head of US retail operations for the coffee chain.
Starbucks said there would be temporary closures in stores with high-social gatherings as well as in communities with high clusters of coronavirus cases.
6:35 p.m. ET, March 15, 2020
Vice President Pence says more than 2,000 labs will have high-speed testing capability by Monday
From CNN's Nicky Robertson and Jason Hoffman
During a White House briefing Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence announced that “more than 2,000 labs” will have high-speed testing capacity by Monday.
Since the declaration of a national state of emergency, Pence said federal public health services have worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and "have reached out to all 50 states to create a process that will enable all Americans who need to be tested to go to a community-based testing site outside of usual health care facilities."
Pence noted these tests will be focused on those "most in need."
Adm. Brett Giroir with the US Public Health Service outlined how new coronavirus testing will be rolled out. He said there would be 1.9 million tests available this week across the 2,000 labs. Giroir also emphasized that the priority would be placed on those most vulnerable.
Giroir added that there wouldn’t be undue stress put on the acute health care system, meaning emergency rooms or urgent care.
6:17 p.m. ET, March 15, 2020
Pope walks through Rome's empty streets and prays for an 'end to the pandemic'
From CNN’s Nicola Ruotolo, Livia Borghese and Valentina Di Donato
Pope Francis left the Vatican on Sunday to walk through Rome’s empty streets to pray for an "end to the pandemic," according to a Vatican news release.
During his walk the Pope visited "two important pilgrimage sites in Rome to pray for the city and the world," the release said.
The first site is the ancient icon of Maria Salus Populi Romani at the Basilica of St. Mary Major, and the other at the foot of a wooden crucifix that protected Rome from a great plague.