Coronavirus in California: A State of Emergency

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In the coming days, my colleague Marie Tae McDermott will be helping me answer some common questions about the coronavirus outbreak. (Thanks for emailing us, if you did!)

Here’s the first one she tackled: Is California still in a state of emergency? And what does that mean?

Officials in California have continued to respond to the growing number of coronavirus cases by closing down schools, canceling events, advising some people to stay home as much as possible and banning large gatherings.

The total number of cases in the state has climbed to 201 as of late Wednesday night, with four deaths reported.

[Here’s a glossary of terms you may need to know.]

“Changing our actions for a short period of time will save the life of one or more people you know,” Mr. Newsom said in a statement. “That’s the choice before us.”

  • President Trump suspended most travel from Europe for 30 days starting on Friday. [The New York Times]

  • Walmart, Uber and other companies adjusted their sick-leave policies as the coronavirus spreads. [The New York Times]

If you missed it, here’s why big employers have a financial incentive to give paid sick leave. [The New York Times]

  • As the coronavirus grinds commerce to a halt in a state where renters are already living on the brink, evictions are becoming an urgent concern. San Francisco and San Jose are considering legislation that would temporarily halt them. [CityLab]

  • Five University of California medical centers said they were starting in-house testing for the coronavirus. That makes the U.C. one of the nation’s first health systems to do so. [The Sacramento Bee]

  • Nurses around the country protested after federal officials changed their recommendations for the type of face masks that should be used when treating patients infected with the virus. [The Sacramento Bee]

  • California prisons said they’ll stop allowing visits because of the risk of the virus. [The Los Angeles Times]

  • The N.B.A. suspended its season after a player tested positive for the virus. [The New York Times]

  • And the coronavirus prompted the N.C.A.A. to bar fans from its national basketball tournaments. [The New York Times]

  • What even is a coronavirus? Here’s an illustrated look. [The New York Times]

  • What steps can you take to prevent the spread of the coronavirus? Ask people whose immune systems are suppressed and have lots of practices with measures that could save their lives. [California Healthline]

  • If you can’t find any hand sanitizer, here’s what you should do. [The New York Times]

  • “Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no?” As if a pandemic weren’t enough, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson said they were among the thousands around the world who have tested positive for Covid-19. Both are 63. [The New York Times]

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