LIVE BLOG - Coronavirus updates from March 12-18
Below are coronavirus updates from March 12, 2020 through March 18, 2020. For the latest coronavirus live blog updates from News 12, visit: LIVE BLOG - Coronavirus updates from the tri-state area and beyond
March 18, 11:30 p.m. First Lady Melania Trump and Dr. Anthony Faluci will be part of PSAs aimed at informing Americans about how to protect themselves from the coronavirus. Media outlets will donate air time, and efforts will coordinate with the CDC and Dept. of Health and Human Services.
March 18, 9:35 p.m. China's health ministry says the coronavirus epicenter of Wuhan has reported zero new cases. This comes after it only reported one case each the previous two days.
March 18, 9 p.m. The Senate has approved and President Donald Trump has signed a $100 billion-plus bill to boost testing for the coronavirus and guarantee paid sick leave for millions of workers.
March 18, 8:58 p.m. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka announced that the city is implementing a mandatory 8 p.m. curfew for residents as part of sweeping measures to limit the public’s exposure to coronavirus.
March 18, 8:39 p.m. The New Rochelle attorney who tested positive for coronavirus on March 10 is improving, according to his wife.
March 18, 7:36 p.m. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Florida) has tested positive for coronavirus.
March 18, 7:15 p.m. Gov. Cuomo signs into law paid sick leave for workers under quarantine
March 18, 7 p.m. All Simon properties have officially closed through March 29. This includes:
HUDSON VALLEY: The Westchester in White Plains, The Shops at Nanuet and Woodbury Commons.
LONG ISLAND: Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City and Smith Haven Mall
NEW JERSEY: Gloucester Premium Outlets, Jersey Shore Premium Outlets, Jackson Premium Outlets, Livingston Mall, Menlo Park Mall, Newport Crossing, Newport Plaza, Newport Centre, Ocean County Mall, Quaker Bridge Mall, Rockaway Townsquare, The Mills at Jersey Gardens, The Shops at Riverside
CONNECTICUT: Clinton Crossing, Crystal Mall
March 18, 4:30 p.m. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced that the state has seen its first coronavirus-related death. The deceased person was a man in his 80s who lived in a Ridgefield assisted living facility, and was recently admitted to Danbury Hospital, Lamont says.
March 18, 2:06 p.m. NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the first person to test positive for the coronavirus in New York has recovered. The 39-year-old Manhattan woman had returned in February with her husband from Iran. The unidentified health care worker had been recovering from home.
March 18, 11:36 a.m. - NY Gov. Cuomo says President Trump is sending hospital ship to New York to increase medical capacity, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers heading to NY for meetings on options. The hospital ship is called the USS Comfort. Cuomo has also directed companies to reduce workforce by 50 percent and allow non-essential employees to work from home.
March 18, 11:30 a.m. Alabama is postponing its March 31 Republican runoff for US Senate until July 14 to slow the spread of coronavirus.
March 18, 9:50 a.m. President Donald Trump says U.S. and Canada have agreed to close the border to ‘non-essential traffic.’ He says trade won’t be affected.
March 18, 7:40 a.m. Johns Hopkins University says the total number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus worldwide has surpassed 200,000.
March 17, 10:30 p.m. Detroit's three automakers -- GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler -- have agreed to partial factory shutdowns, deep cleaning of equipment and longer periods between shifts to stave off UAW demands for U.S. plant closures.
March 17, 10:20 p.m. The Connecticut Post Mall in Milford, the state's biggest mall, will close Thursday. No potential reopening date was provided.
March 17, 10 p.m. Nevada's governor has ordered a monthlong closure of casinos and other non-essential businesses like bars, movie theaters and gyms starting noon Wednesday. He also ordered restaurants to shutter their dining rooms and only offer takeout or delivery, similar to the order in place in the tri-state area.
March 17, 9:45 p.m. The Fresh Market, which has four New York locations, three Connecticut stores and two New Jersey locations, has announced special hours for seniors and at-risk shoppers:
March 17, 9:30 p.m. California Gov. Gavin Newsom says most of the state's schools will likely remain closed for the rest of the school year.
March 17, 9 p.m. Trump administration considering plan to immediately return to Mexico all people who cross the southern border illegally.
March 17, 5:49 p.m. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office has pushed back after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told New York City residents to prepare for a possible shelter-in-place order. Cuomo's office said that it cannot be done without the state's permission and that "there is no consideration" of issuing one.
March 17, 5:30 p.m. The Brooklyn Nets announced that four of its players have tested positive for COVID-19. The team says three of the players have been asymptomatic, and all four are under isolation with team physicians. Kevin Durant told The Athletic he is one of the cases but is feeling fine.
March 17, 4:27 p.m. Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla issued a “self-isolation” policy for all city residents as New Jersey deals with the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
March 17, 3:57 p.m. The National Park Service says its units are modifying operations, including closures, based on the guidance of the White House, the CDC and local and state authorities. The agency said it will leave outdoor spaces open where possible.
March 17, 3:21 p.m. Mayor Bill de Blasio said New Yorkers should prepare for a possible shelter-in-place order. The mayor says a decision will be made within the next 48 hours.
March 17, 3:10 p.m. New York City will suspend alternate side parking March 18 through at least March 24.
March 17, 2:14 p.m. Macy’s, Inc. says it will temporarily close all stores by end of business March 17, through March 31. The closures apply to all Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Bluemercury, Macy’s Backstage, Bloomingdales the Outlet and Market by Macy’s stores. Macy’s, Inc. says it will provide benefits and compensation to its impacted workforce.
March 17, 1:49 p.m. President Donald Trump wants the government to send checks to Americans in the next two weeks in an effort to curb the economic cost of the coronavirus pandemic, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Tuesday.
March 17, 1:30 p.m. The 63rd Annual New York Emmy Awards gala, scheduled for April 18, has been canceled.
March 17, 1:30 p.m. City Council member Ritchie Torres announces he has tested positive and will quarantine himself in his Bronx apartment.
March 17, 12:39 p.m. Medicare says it will immediately expand coverage for telemedicine nationwide to help seniors with health problems stay home to avoid the coronavirus.
March 17, 11:57 a.m. - Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says he will be working vigorously with Democratic and Republican leaders on stimulus and aid packages amid the coronavirus outbreak.
March 17, 11:52 a.m. - Vice President Mike Pence says there could be a substantial impact to slowing down the spread of the coronavirus if all Americans follow the administration's 15-day guidelines.
March 17, 10:46 a.m. NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a drive-through coronavirus testing center will open in Nassau County today and has also announced plans for a Suffolk center. The governor also says more drastic closures could be on the way, but that he has no interest in cordoning off cities - including Manhattan.
March 17, 9:15 a.m. The Kentucky Derby is reschedule to Sept. 5, 2020.
March 17, 9 a.m. The 2020 Met Gala, scheduled for May, has been postponed, according to Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.
March 17, 8 a.m. County executive confirms a third coronavirus-related death in Suffolk.
March 16, 11 p.m. Universal Studios Hollywood and Orlando closes parks and CityWalk.
March 16, 11 p.m. As coronavirus pandemic spreads, China's ex-epicenter, Wuhan, is down to 1 new case.
March 16, 10:20 p.m. Ohio health chief to order polls closed hours before the state was to hold its presidential primary, citing coronavirus concerns.
March 16, 9:15 p.m. Officials in six San Francisco Bay Area counties issued a sweeping shelter-in-place mandate Monday affecting nearly 7 million people, ordering residents to stay at home and go outside only for food, medicine and outings that are absolutely essential.
March 16, 8:17 p.m. Mount Vernon Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard declared a state of emergency for the city. Patterson-Howard said the city is providing additional restrictions on public and personal care businesses including beauty parlors, nail salons and barbershops. They will need to close as of Tuesday March 17 at 8 p.m.
March 16, 7:22 p.m. The WWE says all of its WrestleMania weekend events in Tampa Bay will not take place. The wrestling company will air its WrestleMania event, but it will be produced on a closed set with only essential personnel present.
March 16, 7:14 p.m. Gov. Ned Lamont says the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribal Nations will temporarily close casino and resort properties on sovereign reservation lands. The historic move will mark the first time Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun will close since the casinos opened in the 1990s.
March 16, 5:55 p.m. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order delaying village elections statewide until the April 28 primary election.
March 16, 4:04 p.m. Actor Idris Elba says he has tested positive for the coronavirus. He tweeted that he has no symptoms so far and has been isolated since Friday.
March 16, 3:31 p.m. - Trump administration issues new coronavirus guidelines, including an emphasis on educating from home and not gathering in crowds larger than 10 people. President Trump says preventative measures around the country could last until July or August.
March 16, 3:06 p.m. - Twenty people have tested positive for coronavirus in Westport, Connecticut. First Selectman Jim Marpe has declared a local civil preparedness emergency.
March 16, 3:02 p.m. Stop & Shop is adjusting hours of operation to deal with the impacts of coronavirus. Most stores will be open 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Stop & Shop will also create hours for shoppers 60 and older only - 6-7:30 a.m.
March 16, 2:16 p.m. - Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has announced two Suffolk County deaths related to the coronavirus. One was an 80-year-old and the other was a 90-year-old, and both were in hospital isolation.
March 16, 1:56 p.m. - To stay in line with CDC recommendations, the Diocese of Rockville Centre is suspending all Mass, meetings and non-essential activities through April 14 - including Holy Week and Easter. There will be some televised services available online. The Diocese of Trenton is also temporarily suspending Mass through April 3.
March 16, 1:52 p.m. - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will close his country's border to non-citizens due to coronavirus.
March 16, 1:21 p.m. - The Office of the First Lady says this year’s White House Easter Egg Roll has been canceled due to coronavirus concerns. “The health and safety of all Americans must be the first priority, especially right now,” said First Lady Melania Trump in a statement from her office. “I deeply regret this cancellation, but we need to make difficult decisions in the short-term to ensure a healthy country for the long-term. During this time, I encourage everyone to listen to state and local officials, and follow CDC guidelines in order to help protect the health and well-being of everyone.”
March 16: 11:25 a.m. - Gov. Cuomo says he will use National Guard and work with local leaders to convert local buildings into medical facilities. He also says all elective surgeries may be canceled.
March 16, 11:17 a.m. - Gov. Cuomo says based on the success of the drive-through testing center in New Rochelle, he will open others on Long Island, Staten Island and Rockland County.
March 16, 11:11 a.m. - Gov. Cuomo says to minimize business impact of closures, there will be temporary changes to liquor laws that will allow off-site sale of alcohol at bars, wineries and distilleries. Park fees also temporarily waived.
March 16, 10:30 a.m. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut ban gatherings of more than 50 people. Gyms, casinos, movie theaters and racetracks will close at 8 p.m. and remain closed until further notice. Bars and dine-in restaurants will also be closed, however, take-out service will be available.
March 16, 8 a.m. The National Park Service today announced the suspension of operations at Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island, effective Monday, March 16. The suspension of operations is supported by the city and the park’s partner, the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation.
March 15, 11 p.m. The first participant in a clinical trial for a vaccine to protect against the new coronavirus will receive an experimental dose on Monday, according to a government official.
March 15, 10:30 p.m. MGM Resorts announced it will close its hotels and resorts in Las Vegas.
March 15, 8:52 p.m. Danbury Hospital will launch a mobile coronavirus test site Monday.
March 15, 8:28 p.m. The CDC is recommending that gatherings of 50 people or more in US be canceled or postponed over next eight weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic.
March 15, 7:45 p.m. Officials say the number of coronavirus-related deaths in New York is up to at least 6.
March 15, 6:21 p.m. - Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has closed all public schools in the state through March 31.
March 15, 6:01 p.m. - Mayor Bill de Blasio has ordered all New York City schools closed through April 20.
March 15, 5:30 p.m. Gov. Cuomo says New York City schools will close early this week. He also announced Westchester public schools would close.
March 15, 5:21 p.m. President Trump announced Sunday that the Federal Reserve took emergency action Sunday and slashed its benchmark interest rate by a full percentage point to nearly zero. Trump also told Americans "there's no need to hoard" supplies.
March 15, 5:09 p.m. Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus announced they are renewing the state of emergency to include closing all schools in the area, both public and private.
March 15, 2:30 p.m. - New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announces 31 new coronavirus cases in the state. Total is now up to 98. In a tweet, he also says officials are working "toward inevitable extended shutdown of our schools."
March 15, 2:09 p.m. - Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has closed all schools in the county for 2 weeks.
March 15, 1:48 p.m. Academy of Country Music Awards are postponed until September.
March 15, 1:04 p.m. - NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo has called on the federal government to use the military to increase hospital capacity amid coronavirus outbreak.
March 15, 12:49 p.m. - NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo urges businesses to be aggressive with their work from home policies, says non-essential state workers from Rockland County and south will stay at home.
March 15, 11:10 a.m. - Nassau County Executive Laura Curran has ordered all K-12 public and private schools closed for two weeks amid the coronavirus outbreak.
March 14, 11:31 p.m. - Hoboken's mayor is putting a curfew into place and will only allow delivery/takeout service at the city's restaurants as coronavirus cases sweep through the tri-state area.
March 14, 9:41 p.m. - Two members of the New York Assembly have tested positive for coronavirus. Full statement below:
STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO AND ASSEMBLY SPEAKER CARL HEASTIE
"It has come to our attention that two of our Assembly colleagues – Helene Weinstein and Charles Barron - have been diagnosed with COVID-19. It is important to note that both members have not been in Albany since early March for separate reasons. Speaker Heastie has been in contact with both members and we are taking swift action to address this situation.
"We have spoken with the Senate and are undertaking an intensive cleaning of the Capital and the Legislative Office Building. All legislators and staff that have come in contact with these members will be tested to ensure the safety of everyone.
"Additionally, out of an abundance of caution we are closing the Capitol to visitors effective tomorrow.
"We are working hand in glove to contain and mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 in New York but we will continue to act aggressively to protect the public health."
March 14, 8:28 p.m. - New Jersey Gov. Murphy says a second person in the state, a woman in her 50s, has died as a result of coronavirus.
March 14, 7:28 p.m. - The Associated Press reports that President Trump has tested negative for the coronavirus, according to his doctor.
March 14, 5:27 p.m. - The Baseball Hall of Fame says it is closing indefinitely March 15 at 5 p.m. due to the coronavirus outbreak.
March 14, 4:15 p.m. - The Archdiocese of New York has canceled all Masses for the weekend.
March 14, 3:33 p.m. - Seaworld says it is temporarily closing amid the coronavirus outbreak.
March 14 1:30 p.m. President Donald Trump says he was tested for coronavirus and is awaiting test results.
March 14, 1 p.m. The White House broadened its European travel ban, adding the United Kingdom and Ireland to its list.
March 14 12:30 p.m. White House begins checking the temperatures of people who have been close to President Donald Trump and his vice president.
March 14, 10:30 a.m. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces first death at New York City hospital from coronavirus; 82-year-old woman had an underlying respiratory illness.
March 14, 9:50 a.m. Spanish media reports that Spain's government is set to announce a nationwide lockdown, while declaring a two-week state of emergency to fight the rise in coronavirus infections.
March 14, 1:10 a.m. - The House has passed a bipartisan package that is designed to provide relief to Americans who are dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.
March 13, 11:50 p.m. Puerto Rico confirms its first three cases of the coronavirus, Gov. Wanda Vazquez says.
March 13, 11:30 p.m. The U.S. Defense Department is planning to halt all domestic travel for military members after President Donald Trump declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency.
March 13, 10:30 p.m. The U.S. has reported its 50th coronavirus death, a woman in her 80s from California.
March 13, 10:15 p.m. If your kids are home from school, you might be hearing "Into The Unknown" on repeat very soon. Disney announced that "Frozen 2" will be available on Disney+ three months ahead of schedule. It drops on the streaming service Sunday to give families some fun "during this challenging period."
March 13, 10 p.m. New York Mets announce that team employee Donovan Mitchell, Sr. tested negative for the coronavirus. His son, Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell, had previously tested positive.
March 13, 9:30 p.m. Elected officials in Arizona, Florida, Illinois and Ohio say its presidential primaries will go on as scheduled Tuesday
March 13, 9:15 p.m. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says the state now has 50 cases. The state's public utilities will keep residents' service on:
March 13, 9 p.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has asked all 3,000 staff members at U.N. headquarters in New York to work from home for three weeks starting Monday unless they are needed to carry out essential services.
March 13, 8:47 p.m. President Trump says he will sign the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
March 13, 8:30 p.m. The Brooklyn Nets say they will honor tickets at any of its rescheduled NBA games, or allow refunds or credit for future games if they aren't played.
March 13, 8:02 p.m. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has signed an executive order authorizing additional restrictions on nursing home visits. The order prohibits visitation for the next 30 days, except for first responders, family members/domestic partners, people authorized by law to oversee/investigate care and services and service providers for maintenance or repairs.
March 13, 7:30 p.m. The governors of Wisconsin, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Virginia have all ordered public school closures in a bid to halt the spread of COVID-19.
March 13, 6:22 p.m President Trump says four major cruise companies have agreed to suspend cruises from the U.S. for 30 days.
March 13, 6:29 p.m. A source tells the Associated Press that a second person who was at Mar-a-Lago with President Donald Trump last weekend has tested positive for coronavirus.
March 13, 6:09 p.m. Speaker Nancy Pelosi says deal reached with Trump administration on an emergency aid package for coronavirus.
March 13, 4:56 p.m. Six more coronavirus cases have been identified in Connecticut, bringing the total in state to 11.
March 13, 4:41 p.m. President Trump says he will "most likely" be tested for coronavirus "fairly soon." He says has "no symptoms."
March 13, 4:40 p.m. National Grid has "temporarily suspended collections-related activities, including service disconnections, to lessen any financial hardship the COVID-19 pandemic."
March 13, 4:39 p.m. Stock markets rebound after worst day in 30 years Friday. Dow up 1,985 points after President Trump declares national emergency.
March 13, 3:32 p.m. President Trump has declared a national emergency to battle the spread of the coronavirus. He says the designation will allow access to funds needed to help battle the virus.
March 13, 3:26 p.m. New Jersey American Water is placing a moratorium on discontinuing service shutoffs.
March 13, 3:15 p.m. Con Edison suspends service shutoffs to entire service area of New York City and Westchester County, extending suspension launched in the New Rochelle containment area. Orange & Rockland and Rockland Electric Company also suspend service shutoffs.
March 13, 2:57 p.m. Louisiana's governor planned to postpone the state's presidential primaries due to fears of the coronavirus, an aide said Friday, which would make it the first state to do so. Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards planned to sign an executive order delaying the April 4 primary until June 20, said his spokeswoman Christina Stephens.
March 13 2:45 p.m. The Walt Disney Co. says its shutting down many of its live-action productions, including “The Little Mermaid,” due to the coronavirus. Hollywood on Friday continued to halt shoots of most films and television series to help control the spread of the virus. For Disney, that also includes “The Last Duel” with Matt Damon, Adam Driver and Ben Affleck; Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”; a “Home Alone” remake; and Guillermo Del Toro’s “Nightmare Alley.” It’s also putting on a hold a pair of films in pre-production: “Peter Pan and Wendy” and a “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” reboot.
March 13, 2:30 p.m. NCAA Division I Council Coordination Committee suspends in-person recruiting and says it agrees that eligibility relief is appropriate for athletes of spring sports.
March 13, 1:46 p.m. The Associated Press reports inmates at all 122 federal correctional facilities across the country are no longer being allowed visits for the next 30 days.
March 13, 1:40 p.m. New York Gov. Cuomo says he spoke with President Trump, Vice President Pence and they agreed with decision to let NY perform own coronavirus tests. Cuomo says plan will allow for approximately 6,000 tests per day. Current number of cases in NY stands at 421.
March 13 1:32 p.m. The Archdiocese of New York is urging people to use prudential judgment on whether to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days during the coronavirus outbreak. "This is in keeping with the teaching of the Church, which has always exempted those with serious medical issues which would prohibit them from attending Mass, as well as for all people in times of general emergencies," said the statement.
March 13 1:27 p.m. Italy's coronavirus infections are up by more than 2,500 and virus-related deaths have hit their biggest single-day jump of 250.
March 13 1:14 p.m. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone says there are now at least 28 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the county.
March 13 12:55 p.m. Louisiana is moving to postpone its presidential primary because of the coronavirus pandemic. It would be 1st state to do so.
March 13 12:27 p.m. The FCC has launched the Keep Americans Connected pledge in order to ensure that Americans do not lose their broadband or telephone connectivity amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to the FCC, the pledge will uphold these points:
(1) not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic; (2) waive any late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic; and (3) open its Wi-Fi hotspots to any American who needs them.
March 13 12:15 p.m. Nassau County Executive Laura Curran has declared a state of emergency in the county and has closed some county-owned leisure facilities beginning at 5 p.m. Curran says as of 10 a.m., the county has 48 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
March 13 12:00 p.m. NASCAR postpones next two races in Atlanta and Miami. IndyCar cancels next four races.
March 13 10:52 a.m. - Canada's Parliament has voted to shut for at least five weeks to help ensure lawmakers do not contribute to the spread of for new coronavirus. The moves comes after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's wife tested positive. The prime minister himself is in self-imposed quarantine.
March 13 10:43 a.m. - NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo has detailed the opening of a drive-through coronavirus testing facility in New Rochelle. Some details combiled by News 12's Sabrina Franza:
Communities across the country are trying to slow the spread of the virus. This is done in two ways:
- Reduce the likelihood communicating the disease (density reduction)
Drive through testing in News Rochelle - something they're doing this week
- People in that community can call a telephone #, make an apt, and come to be tested, by driving through the testing facilities
- 6 lanes operating
- Drive in their car
- Medical professionals swab you, and sent to a lab
- About 200 cars per day at this facility
- Not exposing people to someone who may or may not be positive.
- Prioritizing people in New Rochelle - that's where they want to reduce the density and cases
- All throughout Westchester can be serviced ... though vulnerable populations take priority too
"This is basically pneumonia" for people who will likely not self resolve.
"This facility is new and different, but our job is to find ways to respond to this situation."
Spoke to VP on issue of testing:
- Gov says Fed gov should decentralize testing. Wants the states to be able to regulate labs.
- Takes lab capacity from around 30 tests per day to 1000 tests per day - "about"
- Can open up labs overnight if they turned responsibility back on the state
- SAYS NY HAS DOZENS OF LABS THAT ARE CAPABLE BUT ARE NOT ALLOWED TO TEST
March 13 10:40 a.m. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez says the government will declare a two-week state of emergency in a bid to contain the new coronavirus outbreak. Sánchez said Friday that Spain will "mobilize all resources," including the military, to contain the sharp rise in cases.
March 13 10:07 a.m. Augusta National says next month's Masters golf tournament is postponed.
March 13, 9:00 a.m. Northwell Health is setting up a drive-through coronavirus testing site at Glen Island Park in New Rochelle, New York. An appointment and a doctor's prescription will be required for a test.
March, 13 8:00 a.m. The Greek Olympic committee says it is suspending the rest of its torch relay because of the “unexpectedly large crowd” that gathered to watch despite repeated requests for the public to stay away to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
March 13, 7:05 a.m. The English Premier League has been suspended after three clubs put their entire playing squads in self-isolation because of coronavirus. Games are suspended until April 3 "at the earliest."
March 13, 6:50 a.m. Spain has ordered its first mandatory lockdown, confining over 60,000 people to four towns as infections for the new coronavirus increase sharply.
March 13, 6:30 a.m. Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton is in isolation at a hospital after testing positive for the coronavirus. He returned to Australia on Sunday from Washington, D.C., where he met U.S. Attorney-General William Barr and President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, last week.
March 13, 6:15 a.m. German states are beginning to close down schools as a precautionary measure to protect against the spread of the coronavirus.
March 13, 6 a.m. European markets were mostly higher Friday after a turbulent trading session in Asia.
March 12, 11:20 p.m. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced late Thursday that she and the Trump administration are close to agreement on a coronavirus aid package with sick pay, free testing and other resources.
March 12, 11:00 p.m. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday night that the league’s hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic will likely last at least a month, or roughly what would have been the remainder of an uninterrupted regular season.
March 12, 10:20 p.m. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson tweet out update from Australia thanking the people who are taking care of them and that, "despite all the current events, there is no crying in baseball."
March 12, 10:15 p.m. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's wife has tested positive for the coronavirus. Trudeau had been self-quarantined and his office says he is feeling well.
March 12, 10:04 p.m. The PGA Tour has decided to scrap The Players Championship and shut down other tournaments for the next three weeks. Meanwhile, NASCAR and IndyCar will still race this weekend, but without spectators.
March 12, 9:19 PM: Variety reports NBC will suspend production of “The Tonight Show” and “Late Night” for at least two weeks.
March 12, 9:08 PM: State officials report a man in his 70s who lived in a nursing home is the first COVID-19 death in Kansas.
March 12, 9:05 PM: Charles Barkley has revealed that he is self-quarantining and has been tested for COVID-19.
March 12, 8:54 PM: Disney World in Florida, Disneyland in California and Disneyland Paris will close at the end of the day March 15 and stay closed through the end of the month.
March 12, 8 PM: New York City officials are debunking an online rumor about drastic transit shutdowns. The NYPD says there are no plans to shut down NYC roadways or subways.
March 12, 7:19 PM: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is suspending all of its worship services globally because of the spread of coronavirus.
March 12, 6:47 PM: Miami is officially canceling Spring Break amid the coronavirus outbreak. From the Associated Press: Officials in Miami Beach have declared spring break is over as they suspended permits for concerts and an LGBTQ festival. Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber told reporters that venues are shutting down altogether or canceling events. The city will not issue permits for spring break concerts and the Miami Beach Gay Pride parade, scheduled for early April. Public beaches are still open.
March 12, 5:59 PM: According to the Associated Press, President Trump is canceling his trademark rallies as coronavirus cases spread.
March 12, 5:27 PM: The state of Maryland has announced that it is closing all of its schools for two weeks starting Monday amid the coronavirus outbreak.
March 12, 5:25 PM: The Associated Press reports that Champions League soccer has been canceled for the first time due to coronavirus. According to the AP: The high-profile match between Manchester City and Real Madrid was postponed along with the Juventus game against Lyon. Both were scheduled for Tuesday. The soccer calendar was becoming increasingly fragmented as the pandemic took its toll on leagues and cup competitions. The Spanish league was postponed for the next two round. Dutch soccer authorities canceled all matches until the end of the month. Major League Soccer in the United States was also shutting down for a 30-day period.
March 12, 5:05 PM: The entertainment industry is feeling the impact of coronavirus as Broadway closes and movies are delayed.
March 12, 5:03 PM: Stocks had their worst day since 1987 as the virus fears continue to send markets into a nosedive.
March 12, 4:27 PM: Disneyland says it is closing the resort through the end of the month due to the coronavirus outbreak.
March 12, 4:16 PM: The NCAA has officially canceled March Madness.
March 12, 4:05 PM: The MLB says it will be delaying the start of spring training for at least 2 weeks and has suspended remaining spring training games. The annoucnement comes after both the NBA and NHL made the move to suspend their seasons amid the coronavirus outbreak.
March 12, 3:45 PM: Billy Joel has announced that two upcoming shows at MSG, March 19 and April 10, will be moved to later in the year. From his website:
Please be advised that the upcoming Billy Joel concerts scheduled to take place at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, March 19, 2020 and April 10, 2020 have been postponed. Tickets for the March 19th show will be valid for the performance on Saturday, September 26, 2020. Tickets for the April 10th show will be valid for the performance on Sunday, October 11, 2020.
March 12, 2:18 PM: Broadway goes dark. As part of Gov. Cuomo's ban on large gatherings, Broadway theaters will close their doors.