Coronavirus Update In United States: Monday, March 9

The United States saw the pace of the new coronavirus’s spread accelerate over the weekend, adding more than 230 cases and raising the national total to 607 as of Monday evening.

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Additionally, global stocks plunged Monday, including on Wall Street, as the spread of coronavirus has led governments around the world to take strict measures to try to slow down the outbreak.

According to Johns Hopkins, there have been 22 total deaths in the United States from the disease as of Monday. The most recent death was a patient from Grant County, Washington, health officials announced Sunday, the state’s 19th confirmed death from the virus and the first outside the Seattle area.

Latest global and U.S. confirmed cases and deaths from Johns Hopkins.

Here are developments surrounding the coronavirus in the United States:

4 New Illinois Coronavirus Cases: Governor Issues Disaster Proclamation

Four additional cases of the new coronavirus in Chicago have been confirmed, bringing the total to 11, state and local public health officials announced Monday as the governor issued a disaster proclamation.

Grand Princess Docks In Oakland; Passenger Quarantines Follow

The cruise ship Grand Princess has docked at the Port of Oakland, with its passengers immediately heading to quarantine. The ship had been held off the coast of California since last week, when cases of the new coronavirus were reported aboard. Tests on 45 or 46 passengers and crew who showed symptoms of the illness revealed 21 positive samples, officials said.

Massachusetts Coronavirus: 13 New Cases Announced, Total Now 41

The majority of Massachusetts cases have been linked to a Biogen employee conference in Boston in late February. According to numbers from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 32 cases have been linked to the conference.

Port Authority Head In NYC Tests Positive For Coronavirus

The Port Authority’s executive director has tested positive for the new coronavirus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.

New Jersey Coronavirus Cases Nearly Double: 11 Confirmed

The number of new coronavirus cases in New Jersey nearly doubled since Sunday, now that five additional cases were identified. The state’s overall number is now 11.

Coronavirus In Rhode Island: Governor Declares State Of Emergency

Rhode Island is under a state of emergency as state officials work to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, particularly among older adults.

To Avoid Coronavirus, Americans Over 60 Should Hunker Down: CDC

Americans over the age of 60, among the most vulnerable to the new coronavirus, should stock up on groceries, medication and other necessities so they can avoid going out more than absolutely necessary, a top Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official said Monday.

Coronavirus On Long Island: Schools Close As Disease Spreads

A major Long Island university and at least one school district shut their doors as the new coronavirus continues to spread across the area and infect more people, with the total number of Long Island cases climbing to 14.

Princeton U To Begin Virtual Instruction Due To Coronavirus Concern

Princeton University will move to virtual instruction after spring break and will cut back on the number of gatherings on campus due to growing concerns about the new coronavirus, officially called COVID-19.

2 Coronavirus Cases In Pennsylvania Township, Officials Say

Two people in Lower Merion Township have presumed cases of new coronavirus, according to county health officials.

Connecticut Governor Gives Coronavirus Update, Limits State Employee Travel

Gov. Ned Lamont has issued new rules for state employees in an effort to stem the spread of new coronavirus cases with the hope that the private sector will follow similar guidelines.

Coronavirus: 142 NY Cases, Schools Close, State Makes Hand Soap

New York will make and distribute its own hand soap across the state as the number of cases of the new coronavirus increased to 142.

Illinois Coronavirus: 7th Case May Be From Community Transmission

Illinois’ seventh confirmed coronavirus patient is a Chicago man in his 60s. Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Allison Arwady said the man is hospitalized in serious condition.

Coronavirus: DC Health Recommends Churchgoers Self-Quarantine

In response to two confirmed positive cases of the new coronavirus in Washington, D.C., Health Department officials are recommending that anyone who recently attended services at Christ Church Georgetown begin self-quarantining themselves. Mayor Muriel Bowser made the announcement at a Monday morning news conference.

Central Washington State Resident Dies From Coronavirus

A patient in Grant County has died from COVID-19, officials announced Sunday, the state’s 19th confirmed death from the coronavirus and the first outside of western Washington.

Ted Cruz ‘Briefly Interacted’ With Person Positive For COVID-19

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Sunday he had interacted with a person late last month at the Conservative Political Action Conference who has since tested positive for the new coronavirus.

Tips from the CDC on dealing with coronavirus

While the best way to prevent illness is to avoid virus exposure, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention generally recommends taking these actions to prevent the spread of viruses:

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