Coronavirus live updates: Cases top 100,000, Seattle Seahawks stadium staffer tests positive

This is CNBC’s live blog covering all the latest news on the coronavirus outbreak. All times below are in Eastern time. This blog will be updated throughout the day as the news breaks. 

All times below are in Eastern time.

  • Global cases: More than 100,000, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • Global deaths: At least 3,383, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • US cases: At least 233, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • US deaths: At least 14, according to the CDC and state health officials.

Three Biogen employees have tested positive for coronavirus after attending a meeting in Boston last week, the biotech company confirmed to CNBC. “At the present time, these individuals are doing well, improving and under the care of their health-care providers,” Biogen spokesman David Caouette said. He added that all meeting attendees, with or without flu-like symptoms, have been directed to work from home for two weeks out of “an abundance of caution.” —Lovelace

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said the state has confirmed its first two cases. One patient is from Wayne County in northern Pennsylvania near Scranton, Wolf said in a statement. The other is from Delaware County, just outside of Philadelphia, Wolf said, adding that the patient recently returned from an area of U.S. where COVID-19 is already present. Both patients are in isolation in their respective homes, he said. 

“Further spread of this virus throughout the nation will likely occur,” the state’s health secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said in a statement. “We encourage people to prepare for potential life disruptions. The same family emergency plans and kits that we use to prepare for flu or norovirus, and even snowstorms and floods, are important now.” —Feuer

Seattle-area officials announced late Thursday an employee of a 72,000-seat stadium in the city tested positive for COVID-19.

CenturyLink Field is home to the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders FC and the XFL football league’s Seattle Dragons. Local officials said the employee worked a Seattle Dragons XFL game on Feb. 22, which 22,060 people attended, according to the Seattle Times.

“Public Health has worked with the employee and the operator of the stadium, First and Goal, to evaluate potential exposures” at the Dragons game, King County said in a release, adding that the risk of infection to attendees was low. —Feuer

COVID-19 cases surpassed 100,000 worldwide as the flu-like virus continues to spread outside of China, the epicenter of the outbreak.

The total number of cases now stands at 100,055 as of 8 a.m. ET on Friday, according to data compiled by John Hopkins. The majority of the cases are in mainland China, followed by South Korea, Iran and Italy. Deaths in the U.S. climbed to 14, the data shows.

On Thursday, the World Health Organization called on all nations to “pull out all the stops” to fight the COVID-19 coronavirus as it continues to spread outside of China. —Lovelace

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/06/coronavirus-latest-updates-outbreak.html

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