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U.S. ramps up COVID-19 response

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 3/06/20, 11:28 am

The California National Guard dropped coronavirus test kits from helicopters to a cruise ship anchored off San Francisco on Thursday. Officials are testing only 45 people, but all 3,500 crew and passengers have to stay aboard the Grand Princess for now after one traveler from a previous voyage died of COVID-19 and at least four others became infected.

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Stock market swings

by Harvest Prude
Posted 3/05/20, 12:25 pm

After rebounding on Wednesday, the U.S. stock market started to slide again on Thursday. Wednesday’s bounce back after Vice President Joe Biden’s resurgence in the Democratic Party’s Super Tuesday contests revealed Wall Street’s worries about Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who has pledged to regulate banks and eliminate private health insurance. Many consider Biden more business-friendly.

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U.S. intensifies coronavirus response

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 3/05/20, 12:01 pm

California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency late Wednesday after the first U.S. coronavirus death outside of Washington state. An elderly person with underlying health issues died earlier in the day of COVID-19 after returning from a cruise, said officials in a Northern California county. Florida, Hawaii, and Washington state have also declared states of emergency. Federal authorities announced an investigation into the Life Care Center nursing home in Kirkland, Wash., where many of the 10 people who have died in the state contracted the illness. The U.S.

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