Local beaches were packed as COVID-19 scare sends folks outside – News965

More than 164,000 people worldwide are infected with coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, and the number of deaths from the outbreak continues to rise. Officials are attempting to contain the outbreak in the United States as schools, businesses and public events are closed or canceled. TheCenters for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking cases in the United Stateshere. Live updates for Monday, March 16, continue below: Kentucky to close restaurants, bars Update 10:40 a.m. EDT March 16: Gov. Andy Beshear of Kentucky announced Monday that he plans to order the closure of in-person service at restaurants and bars statewide to stymie the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus. It is our civic duty to do everything that we can to make sure that we are living up to our patriotic duty and that we are following all the instructions that we get, Beshear said Monday at a news conference. What we are doing is making sure that we take aggressive action.' As of Monday, Beshear said 21 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the state with patients ranging in age from 27 to 80. One person, a 66-year-old Bourbon County man, has died of coronavirus in the state, according to the governor. Folks we are going to have more cases, and weve got to expect more cases, Beshear said. White House Easter Egg Roll cancelled Update 10:20 a.m. EDT March 16: Officials announced the cancellation Monday of the annual White House Easter Egg Roll due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. The health and safety of all Americans must be the first priority, especially right now, first lady Melania Trump said Monday in a statement. I deeply regret this cancellation, but we need to make difficult decisions in the short-term to ensure a healthy country for long-term. During this time, I encourage everyone to listen to state and local officials, and follow CDC guidelines in order to help protect the health and well-being of everyone. Womens tennis tour suspended until May Update 9:50 a.m. EDT March 16: Officials with the Womens Tennis Association announced the organization was suspending planned tournaments due to the threat posed by the 2019 novel coronavirus. Due to the ongoing global coronavirus outbreak, the WTA tournaments in Stuttgart (Germany), Istanbul and Prague will not be held as scheduled, officials with the organization said Monday in a statement. We will make a decision in the week ahead regarding the remaining WTA European clay court events and will continue to monitor this situation closely and its impact on the 2020 WTA Tour season. The WTA Tour was scheduled to resume May 2. US stock trading resumes Update 9:45 a.m. EDT March 16: Trading has resumed on the New York Stock Exchange after flailing numbers triggered a temporary trading halt known as a circuit breaker Monday morning. US stocks plunge at open, triggering another trading halt Update 9:35 a.m. EDT March 16: U.S. stocks plunged 8.1% at open, triggering a pause of trading Monday morning as investors worried over the economic impact of the 2019 novel coronavirus. The pause, known as a circuit breaker, began at 9:30 a.m. and was expected to last until 9:45 a.m. Michigan to close bars, restaurants statewide Monday Update 9:30 a.m. EDT March 16: Bars and restaurants across Michigan will be ordered to close beginning Monday at 3 p.m.,the Detroit Free Press reported, citing the governors office. Several other states have taken similar measures to curb the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus, including Ohio, Massachusetts, Illinois and California. Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee said Sunday that he plans to sign a similar order closing bars and limiting restaurants to take-out only. US immigration hearings delayed Update 9:15 a.m. EDT March 16: Officials with the Justice Departments Executive Office for Immigration Review announced the postponement Sunday of immigration hearings amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Authorities said Sunday in a tweet that master calendar dates for people who are not currently detained have been delayed. The hearings can include dozens of people in a single courtroom. There are 68 immigration courts nationwide. James Bond actress Olga Kurylenko says she has coronavirus Update 8:50 a.m. EDT March 16: The actress who starred opposite Daniel Craig in Quantum of Solace,' a 2008 addition to the James Bond film franchise, said on social media Sunday that she had been diagnosed with COVID-19. Ive actually been ill for almost a week now. Fever and fatigue are my main symptoms, Kurylenko wrote in an Instagram post. Take care of yourself and do take this seriously!' Kennedy Space Center temporarily closes amid outbreak Update 7:50 a.m. EDT March 16:The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is closing temporarily starting today,CNN is reporting. It will remain closed until further notice,according to the complexs website The move comes in response to the prevention and control of COVID-19,'said the center, which is located inMerritt Island, Florida. When it is deemed safe for guests to return, the entire facility will be cleaned and sanitized prior to re-opening, Chief Operating Officer Therrin Protzesaid in a statement. This will include Kennedy Space Center tour buses, all attractions, eateries and theaters at the main campus and at the Apollo/Saturn V Center. Chick-fil-A closes dining room seating at restaurants Update 6:09 a.m. EDT March 16:Chick-fil-A announced Sunday night that its is closing dining room seating in its restaurants. As we navigate the evolving impact of coronavirus on our communities, we are temporarily closing our dining room seating to help limit person-to-person contact,the company, which is based inAtlanta, said in a statement. Officials said some locations may only offer service through the drive-thru windows while others may be able to offer takeout, delivery or mobile order options. Its unclear which stores will allow which options. We know these are challenging times, but well continue to do our best to serve you,the company said. More than 164,000 cases, 6,400 deaths reported worldwide Update 5:34 a.m. EDT March 16:More than 164,000 coronavirus cases and 6,400 deaths have been reported worldwide,the World Health Organization reported Monday. Among individual countries,China topped the list with more than 81,000 cases, followed byItaly with over 24,700 cases. Disney temporarily closing North American stores, hotels Update 4:14 a.m. EDT March 16:Disney announced early Monday that it is temporarily closing allNorth American Disney stores starting Tuesday. In an overnight tweet, the company added that it is closing all of its owned and operated locations at Downtown Disney inAnaheim, California, and Disney Springs inOrlando, Florida, beginning Tuesday. Individual tenants will make decisions on whether to continue or adjust operations,the tweet read. Disney also will close its owned and operated hotels at its Walt Disney World Resort and Vero Beach Resort inFlorida starting at 5 p.m. Friday. We will continue to monitor the situation and maintain regular contact with the appropriate officials and health experts,the company said. Peace Corps suspends volunteer activities, announces evacuations Update 12:36 a.m. EDT March 16:The Peace Corps announced late Sunday that it has decided to temporarily suspend all ... operations globally and evacuate all of our volunteers,according to a statement. As you know, we recently evacuated volunteers fromChina andMongolia due to the COVID-19 outbreak and related travel constraints and school closings, Peace Corps Director Jody Olsensaid in a letter posted on the organizations website. Further evacuations are now under way at several posts. Unfortunately, it has become clear in the last 48 hours that numerous posts must follow suit. The Peace Corps headquarters will remain open, the statement said.

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