Coronavirus reaches all 50 states, stock futures fall, Pentagon sending respirators and ventilators

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  • Global cases: More than 190,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.
  • Global deaths: At least 7,894, according to Johns Hopkins University.
  • U.S. cases: At least 5,894, according to Johns Hopkins University.
  • U.S. deaths: At least 97, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Kroger has hired more than 2,000 people in the last week to keep up with increased demand from the coronavirus outbreak, CEO Rodney McMullen told CNBC on Tuesday. Kroger, the largest supermarket chain in the U.S., currently has more than 10,000 openings for positions across plants, warehouses and stores, McMullen said. 

Kroger, which also owns Harris Teeter and Fred Meyer, has about 460,000 employees, McMullen said. 

Grocers across the U.S. have struggled to keep shelves filled during the coronavirus outbreak as consumers stock up on food and items such as toilet paper and hand sanitizer. —Kevin Stankiewicz

The new coronavirus that’s rapidly spreading throughout the U.S. reached all 50 states on Tuesday as the U.S. death toll also passed 100.

The virus has now infected more than 5,809 people across the country and killed at least 100. There were just 62 confirmed cases of the rapidly spreading virus in the U.S. on March 1, according to the World Health Organization. —Will Feuer

Tesla is keeping its Fremont, California car plant running during “shelter in place” orders initiated across counties in the San Francisco Bay Area to curb the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, including Alameda County where the factory is based.

In the the “everybody” e-mail about remaining at work despite the efforts to contain COVID-19, CEO Elon Musk wrote:

“I’d like to be super clear that if you feel the slightest bit ill or even uncomfortable, please do not feel obligated to come to work. I will personally be at work, but that’s just me. Totally ok if you want to stay home for any reason.” —Lora Lolodny

The double-barreled approach of a $1 trillion proposed fiscal stimulus program and Federal Reserve policy could help soften the blow of an economic recession and head off a potential financial crisis.

The White House is seeking a stimulus package worth between $850 billion and $1 trillion that could result in emergency funds for individuals and assistance for small businesses and credit for industries hard hit by the reaction to the virus. 

But even with the proposed stimulus, the view of economic forecasters has become more dire in recent days as companies seeking cash strain credit markets and the shutdown of business activity sends shock waves across the economy. — Patti Domm


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