US Declares National Emergency

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The noval Coronavirus spread is causing havoc around the globe. The virus spread is altering peoples way of life around the globe including US.

On Mar 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a pandemic. Previously, the CNN had called the Coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. The wikipedia describes the pandemic as ‘an epidemic of disease that has spread across a large region; for instance multiple continents, or worldwide’.

.. deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction. We cannot say this loudly enough, or clearly enough, or often enough: All countries can still change the course of this pandemic.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director General from CNN

Congressional Hearings

In a recent congressional hearing on coronavirus response, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases predicted that coronavirus outbreak is going get worse in coming months.

It is critical because we must be much more serious as a county about what we might expect. … A couple of cases today are going to be many, many cases tomorrow.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases from CNN

National Emergency Declared in US

On Friday March 13, President Trump declared a “National Emergency” to combat coronavirus spread in the US. This together with the public health emergency already declared in January allow US federal & state officials “help hard-hit states build mobile hospitals and shelters, while assisting with public safety and other issues”.

According to the Business Insider, almost 40 US states have declared states of emergency to fight coronavirus. On Friday March 13, the Governor of Minnesota Tim Walz declared a “peacetime emergency” to heighten the state’s readiness to respond to COVID-19

Infection Tally in US

According to the Johns Hopkins University & Medicine‘s Coronavirus Research Center database (as of March 15, 2:33am) there are 2,952 confirmed cases of COVID19 infection in US and 47 reported death from the virus. The database also lists 156,400 total confirmed cases worldwide with 5,833 reported deaths.

Minnesota Tally

According to the MDH Situation Update for Coronavirus Disease, there are 21 confirmed positive cases reported from 9 counties (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Olmsted, Ramsey, Renville, Stearns, Wright) as of March 14. According to the MDH website a total of 868 approx. number of patients were tested.

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