House passes emergency spending, California governor declares state of 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.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday declared a state of emergency in California after a coronavirus-related death in the state. Earlier on Wednesday, local health officials in California announced the state’s first COVID-19 death in Placer County, bringing U.S. fatalities to at least 11. “We extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of this patient,” Placer County Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson said. “While we have expected more cases, this death is an unfortunate milestone in our efforts to fight this disease, and one that we never wanted to see.” Newsom said there are currently at least 53 confirmed cases in California. — Bhattacharjee

Santa Clara County public health officials on Wednesday announced three new cases, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 14. The 12th case is a man who is currently hospitalized and his exposure details are under investigation. The other two cases are two men who are close contacts of an existing case. They are currently in isolation at home. — Bhattacharjee

The COVID-19 test will be covered by Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance plans, Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday. “HHS has already denominated a test for the coronavirus to be an essential health benefit, which ensures that it will be covered by people’s private health insurance. It will be covered by Medicare and Medicaid,” Pence said at a news briefing alongside diagnostic laboratory executives. –  Feuer

As coronavirus cases continue to spread around the globe, online ads for hand sanitizers, gloves, masks and other products purporting to prevent sickness were rampant, and companies are having a hard time enforcing policies that ban such ads. As of Wednesday afternoon, Google is showing many such ads, even though it has a policy that prohibits ad content that capitalizes off the coronavirus, according to a spokesperson. Products promising to prevent coronavirus are appearing in sponsored shopping lists for product searches and in Google display ads that show up on third-party sites. Google and other major tech companies such as Amazon have seen third parties move quickly to use their platforms in attempts to make money from coronavirus concerns and have struggled to stay ahead of the violators. It’s the latest example of how the operators of massive-scale online platforms sometimes lack the tools or personnel to keep up the never-ending game of whack-a-mole against people who exploit them. — Graham


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