Coronavirus live updates: New York confirms 5 new cases, LA county declares emergency

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  • Global cases: More than 95,000, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • Global deaths: At least 3,250, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • US cases: At least 138, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • US deaths: At least 11, according to the CDC and state health officials.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed five new COVID-19 cases in the state — hours after he said that a family in Westchester was infected with the virus, bringing the state’s total to 11.

The cases all stem from a Westchester lawyer who worked in Manhattan and is in critical condition in New York Presbyterian Hospital, Cuomo said.

His family is ill and he infected a friend of his who then passed it on to his wife, two sons and a daughter, Cuomo said. The children all attend the West Torah Academy, which is located in White Plains, NY, according to its website. — Lovelace, Higgins-Dunn, Feuer

At a two-day UBS consumer and retail industry conference that kicked off in Boston, there are numerous bottles of Purell on tables and some attendees traded elbow bumps instead of handshakes. Walmart Chief Financial Officer Brett Biggs, Best Buy CEO Corie Barry and Wayfair CEO Niraj Shah are among the big names on the agenda.

No conference speakers canceled, but UBS managing director and retail analyst Michael Lasser said some attendees traveling from Europe didn’t attend due to coronavirus-related travel restrictions. UBS added a speaker: Dr. David Sidebottom, director of infectious disease at Lowell General Hospital. And one company, eyewear retailer National Vision, presented via webcast instead of in-person. Its Chief Financial Officer Patrick Moore remotely addressed investors and executives from a conference room table set up with a laptop, bottle of water and a giant bottle of hand sanitizer. — Repko

Colorado has yet to report any cases of the new coronavirus in the state, yet consumers there are already stockpiling more powdered milk and cans of soup than in Washington state, where at least nine people have died due to the virus.

But Coloradans aren’t the only ones stocking up on canned goods and cleaning supplies.

Hand sanitizer sales have skyrocketed 619% nationwide in the week ending March 1, according to data from marketing firm Catalina, which compared the sales of 33 products to the same period a year ago. Disinfecting cleaners and wipes have seen their sales more than double. Grocery store and retailers are trying to prevent shortages from “panic buying as more cases of the virus are confirmed in the United States. — Lucas

United Airlines announced deep cuts to its schedule next month amid the global coronavirus outbreak and slowing demand. 

The airline will cut international flights by 20% and domestic flights by 10%. Some wide-body planes will be parked, the company said.

Airlines around the world have cut back on itineraries as COVID-19 hamstrings travel. The viral outbreak, which originated in China, has spread to more than 5 continents. — Josephs, LeBeau


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