Coronavirus updates: California monitoring 8,400 people, stocks continue free fall

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  • Total confirmed cases: More than 82,500
  • Total deaths: At least 2,810

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it revised its guidelines to allow clinicians across the U.S. to test more people suspected of carrying the new coronavirus. Under the prior federal guidelines, clinicians could test suspected COVID-19 patients if they had traveled recently from China or had been in contact with someone known to be infected. Some lawmakers criticized the CDC’s previous guidance as too restrictive. The new guidelines, which were posted to the CDC’s website Thursday, appear to place more power in the hands of local health practitioners to determine who should get tested. —Feuer

Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told the U.S. Congress on Thursday that his agency is aggressively evaluating how long coronavirus can survive and be infectious on surfaces. “On copper and steel its pretty typical, it’s pretty much about 2 hours,” Redfield said at a House of Representatives hearing on the government response to the fast-spreading virus. “But I will say on other surfaces — cardboard or plastic — it’s longer, and so we are looking at this.” He said infections contracted from surfaces rather than through the air could have contributed to the outbreak on the Diamond Princess cruise ship. —Reuters

Stocks fell sharply in volatile trading as investors worried the coronavirus may be spreading in the U.S. A slew of corporate and analyst warnings on the virus also dragged down the major averages. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 1,190.95 points, or 4.4%. Thursday marked the Dow’s biggest one-day point decline in history. The S&P 500 also closed below 3,000 for the first time since last October. Those losses put the Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq in correction territory, down more than 10% from their record closes. It took the Dow just 10 sessions to tumble from its all-time high into a correction. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq set record highs last week. —Imbert

Goldman Sachs is asking customers to skip a conference hosted by its investment bank next week if they’ve recently traveled to countries worst hit by the coronavirus. The warning, for Goldman’s eighth annual housing and consumer finance conference held at the bank’s New York headquarters, was just added to the event’s registration website. “In light of the recent outbreak of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, Goldman Sachs has enacted several precautionary measures to ensure the wellbeing of our clients and our people,” the bank said. —Son

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/27/coronavirus-latest-updates-outbreak.html

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