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COVID-19 Update 2020-03-09

There are currently 114,422 of COVID-19 confirmed globally, with 4,027 deaths and 64,081 recoveries.

There are 29,256 confirmed cases outside of China as of March 8th, up from 8,555 cases on March 1st.

South Korea has 7,487 confirmed cases, Italy has 9,172 and Iran has 7,161.

Spain reports a significant increase in confirmed cases today, with +555 new cases, ruffly doubling their total to 1,229.

Schools are closed in South Korea, Iran, Japan, France, Italy, Pakistan and parts of China.

Northern Italy is in a state of quarantine, 16 million people in northern Italy now needing permission to travel under quarantine rules.

There are 83 new confirmed cases in the US so far today, bringing the total to 624.

There are 87 confirmed cases in the Bay Area, up from 44 last Friday.

Under pressure from concerned students and faculty, Stanford University has canceled winter semester classes.

The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department announced that people over 50 or in ill health should avoid any gathering of more than 150 people.

There is a second confirmed case in Santa Cruz. An individual tested positive after traveling by air from Seattle.

The first Santa Cruz case involved an individual who was formerly aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship from San Francisco to Mexico February 11-21. They tested positive on March 6th.

There are no local shortages of food, though it is always a good idea to have an emergency supply.

KSCO's own Doug Windfrey reports that Costco was out of Toilet Paper and paper towels on Friday.

You can find out more from the County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency, by going to santacruzhealth.org.

If you experience Fever, Cough or Shortness of Breath, please call your Health Care Professional.

As is always true to prevent any communicable disease, stay home if you are sick, wash your hands frequently, cough or sneeze into your elbow, avoid touching your face, and remember, don't pick your nose!!

- The COVID-19 Update from KSCO's Director of Digital Media, Jonty McCollyer

Sources And Further Info

Dr. John Campbell's Daily Report

Worldometer Coronavirus Cases

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus

Map: Coronavirus cases in the Bay Area, Northern California

https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/03/04/map-coronavirus-cases-in-the-bay-area-northern-california/

Second coronavirus case confirmed in Santa Cruz County

https://www.ksbw.com/article/second-coronavirus-case-confirmed-in-santa-cruz-county/31287926

Coronavirus: Italy in 'massive shock therapy' pledge to offset virus impact

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-51799956

Coronavirus threat cancels classes at two major U.S. universities, with more expected to follow

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/coronavirus-threat-cancels-classes-at-two-major-universities-with-more-expected-to-follow-2020-03-07

Exclusive: The Strongest Evidence Yet That America Is Botching Coronavirus Testing

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/03/how-many-americans-have-been-tested-coronavirus/607597/

I Lived Through SARS and Reported on Ebola. These Are the Questions We Should Be Asking About Coronavirus.

https://www.propublica.org/article/i-lived-through-sars...

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