Previous coronavirus daily briefing updates, March 7-8

Current daily briefings on the coronavirus can be found here. Scroll below to read previous reports, listed in eastern time.

Eight U.S. states have declared a state of emergency in response to confirmed coronavirus cases as of Sunday evening.

Washington state, Florida and California were among the first to declare a state of emergency after confirming the the only fatalities in the U.S. There have been at least 21 deaths from the coronavirus in the nation, most of which have been from Washington.

Kentucky, New York, Maryland, Utah and Oregon followed suit in declaring a state of emergency, respectively, within the past few days.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz released in a statement over Twitter on Sunday evening that he had “briefly interacted” with a CPAC attendee that had tested positive for COVID-19, and as a result is self-quarantining himself.

He said he is experiencing no symptoms and feels “fine and healthy.”

“Nevertheless, out of an abundance of caution, and because of how frequently I interact with my constituents as a part of my job and to give everyone a peace of mind, I have decided to remain at my home in Texas this week, until a full 14 days have passed at the CPAC interaction,” Cruz said.

Here is the updated COVID-19 data provided by researchers from Johns Hopkins University:

The global fatality rate has consistently stayed around 3.4 percent.

The Regal Princess has become the third Princess cruise to delay being docked due to COVID-19 concerns.

The ship sailed up and down Florida’s coast on Sunday while awaiting the test results for two crew members to see if they test positive for the virus.

The Associated Press reports that the cruise line said the crew members do not show symptoms consistent with the coronavirus and are beyond the amount of time necessary for incubation.

The United States’ confirmed COVID-19 cases has jumped to 537 on Sunday, moving the U.S. past Japan to the ninth most-infected nation in the world.

California has reported five more cases in Contra Costa County, bringing the state total to 87 and 21 new cases were confirmed in Washington state, bringing their total to 136.

The death toll in the U.S. remains at 21. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, about 3.9 percent of individuals confirmed to have the coronavirus in the U.S. have died. This surpasses the global coronavirus fatality rate of about 3.4 percent.

The United States Department of State has issued a warning against citizens traveling by cruise ship, especially if they have underlying health conditions.

According to The Miami Herald, the cruise industry is one of South Florida’s largest industries.

The LA Times has reported that the first person to have a confirmed case of COVID-19 on the Grand Princess Cruise Ship may have had it for days before boarding. He felt symptoms two to three days before boarding, and the incubation period for the virus is five to six days.

The Grand Princess Cruise Ship is set to dock on Monday in Oakland, California, according to CNN. On board the ship is 21 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Everyone on board the ship will be placed on a 14-day quarantine, with 1,113 crew members remaining quarantined on the ship.

While the United States trails closely behind Japan in confirmed COVID-19 cases by five, the United States death toll is 3.5 times higher than that of Japans, with 21 deaths compared to Japan’s six.

Japan also has 76 total recoveries, while the U.S. has only confirmed eight, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The United States case count jumped when an outbreak occurred at a nursing home in Washington state, as the virus has a fatality rate of 14.8 percent in those aged 80 or older, according to China CDC. Japan has a large elderly population that makes up 28.1 percent of their total population, while the United States’ elderly population makes up 14.9 percent of their overall population.

Massachusetts has confirmed 15 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the state total to 28, according to the state Department of Health.

Five of the newly confirmed cases were located in Boston, bringing the amount of cases in the city to eight. According to the Boston Public Health Commission, “there is now evidence of community transmission.”

None of the cases in Boston required hospitalization and are currently self-isolating.

After the number of COVID-19 cases in Oregon doubled to 14 on Sunday, Gov. Kate Brown declared a 60-day-long state of emergency.

Additionally, two more people in Washington state have died from the virus, bringing the total fatalities in the United States up to 21.

Vermont has also reported its first case of COVID-19 on Sunday.

Johns Hopkins University has confirmed 497 cases of the coronavirus in the United States, making it the tenth most-infected nation. Japan, the ninth most-infected nation, has confirmed 502 cases.

A passenger on the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship who contracted the coronavirus explained what it felt like in an interview with NBC News. The passenger, Carl Goldman, said his “worst symptom” was a fever, which hit 103 degrees F and lasted for about eight hours.

Along with the fever he experienced is a dry cough, which he continues to experience and said is beginning to improve. While in quarantine he said he went through “every color of the rainbow with Gatorade.” Unlike the cold or flu, Goldman said he did not experience any stuffiness, sneezing, body ache or chills.

“What’s weird about these symptoms and seems to be true for almost everybody is I went days without knowing I have the virus … I jumped from normal temperature to 103,” Goldman said.

The number of coronavirus deaths in Italy spiked to 366 after 133 new fatalities were recorded in the country on Sunday.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, there are currently 7,375 total confirmed cases in Italy. There was an increase of nearly 1,500 cases since Saturday, according to Italy’s Civil Protection.

The mortality rate in the country has reached about 5 percent, whereas the global mortality rate is lower at 3.5 percent. In response to the growing concern surrounding the spread of the virus, the country banned gatherings of over 1,000 people on Sunday.

At least 10 people were killed and another 23 remain missing after Xinjia Hotel collapsed Saturday in Quanzhou, China, the nation’s Ministry of Emergency Management said. The hotel was being used as a coronavirus quarantine center.

The collapse of the building had left 71 people trapped, and 38 of those people had been rescued, the ministry said.

Two supermarkets on the first floor had been under remodeling when the incident happened. A pillar was reported to have deformed minutes before the collapse, Zhang Yi, director of the housing and urban-rural development bureau in the region, told Xinhua News Agency.

The accident is still under investigation to determine whether the collapse was due to house decoration or a structural problem.

According to ABC News, the city said 58 people from areas hit by the coronavirus were staying at the hotel for medical observation at the time of the collapse. All of them had tested negative for the virus.

Coronavirus cases in reach 105 in New York State, with a new case reported in the Bronx, Gov. Cuomo reported.

Currently, there are 437 confirmed cases in the United States, with 19 deaths and eight recoveries.

In an effort to control coronavirus, the government of Italy has imposed a lockdown on its northern region, restricting the movement of more than 16 million people.

Alitalia suspended all flights from Milan and Venice, Italy, in an effort to prevent the virus from spreading more.

Nearly 3,500 people aboard the coronavirus-stricken Grand Princess cruise ship will dock in Oakland, California, on Monday.

The ship has been idling off of the coast of San Francisco while officials debated where to send the passengers.

Guests who require medical treatment and hospitalization will be sent to facilities in California, while others will be transported to their state’s federally operated facility.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has tested 1,583 people for the coronavirus since the first cases were identified in the U.S. in January.

That number will increase as more tests are shipped nationwide, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn told reporters at the White House.

Argentina confirmed the first COVID-19-related death in South America on Saturday, CNN reports.

The 64-year-old man reportedly died after returning from a trip to Europe. He lived in Buenos Aires.

Virginia confirmed the first COVID-19 case in the state after a U.S. Marine stationed in Fairfax County tested positive.

The Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Jonathan Hoffman announced via Twitter that the marine is being treated at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has confirmed its first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 on Saturday evening, according to KMBC news.

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly said the woman is less than 50 years old and in home isolation in Johnson County. Kelly said Kansas “has been prepared” for positive cases of the virus.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf confirmed two additional presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in the state. Both cases are located in Montgomery County.

Wolf said in a press release that both people who tested positive have mild cases and are isolated in their homes. He said he anticipates more confirmed cases in the state “in the coming days and weeks.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced they will be providing “extra nurses, practitioners and doctors” to the Life Care Center located in Kirkland, Washington.

The announcement comes after a spokesperson for the facility announced that 70 out of 180 employees of the care center are showing symptoms of COVID-19 and have been asked to not return to work, CNN reports.

Mayor of Washington, D.C., Murial Bowser announced over Twitter Saturday evening that the D.C. Department of Forensic Sciences yielded its first presumptive positive COVID-19 case.

Additionally, Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) organizers announced that someone who attended the conference in National Harbor, Maryland, last week has tested positive for the coronavirus.

According to the organizers, the person who tested positive did not come in contact with the president or vice president, who were both in attendance, and is now being quarantined in New Jersey.

France’s National Assembly has just confirmed their second case of COVID-19. Five additional lawmakers are also being tested for the virus.

The first member of the assembly to contract the virus is under intensive care, according to Reuters, while the second was just taken to the hospital.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases surpassed 400 in the United States on Saturday afternoon.

At least eight cases in the U.S. have recovered, according to Johns Hopkins University. Nineteen deaths in the U.S. have been associated with the coronavirus. Two people have died in Florida, one in California and 16 in Washington state.

The New York Times reports that people are being treated for the virus in 28 states.

Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for the state of New York on Saturday.

Johns Hopkins University reports 76 cases of COVID-19 in New York, 10 of which Cuomo said are currently hospitalized. So far, no deaths have been reported in the state.

Here are the updated COVID-19 global numbers, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University:

The current mortality rate for the virus is 3.4 percent overall, however the China CDC Weekly reported that patients over the age of 80 experience a mortality rate above 14 percent.

The Washington State Department of Health reported that COVID-19 cases in the state have now topped 100, with 102 total people testing positive for the virus.

An additional death was also reported in King County, bringing the states total to 16 deaths, according to the Department of Health.

Elliotte Friedman, an insider for the National Hockey League (NHL), announced over Twitter that to avoid the spread of COVID-19, NHL dressing rooms will be closed to the media.

Friedman said in his tweet that the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer “are expected to follow.”

Amtrak has suspended non-stop service between Washington, D.C., and New York as a safety measure in response to the spread of the virus.

We are closely monitoring the coronavirus and are taking action based on guidance from public health experts,” the company said in a press release.

A coronavirus quarantine hotel collapsed trapping 70 people, according to reports from the Guardian.

The Xinjia Express Hotel in Quanzhou, China, was used for medical observation of people who had contact with coronavirus

At least 23 people were rescued from the wreckage of the 80-room hotel.

Pope Francis canceled major public appearances and will stream his appearance online instead of addressing crowds from St. Peter’s Square, according to the Vatican.

The Alpine skiing World Cup Finals in Italy was also canceled amid coronavirus concerns.

The first U.S. fatalities outside of California and Washington state were confirmed in Florida.

The Florida Department of Health announced that the two Florida residents who died were from Lee County and Santa Rosa County.

Click here for previous briefings on the coronavirus from March 5-6.

Click here for previous briefings on the coronavirus from March 2-4.

Click here for previous briefings on the coronavirus from Feb. 27 to March 1

Additional reporting by Lauren Fox and Maria Antonieta Valery Gil

Keep checking back on and stay tuned to the AccuWeather Network on DirecTV, Frontier and Verizon Fios.