Updated Daily: Coronavirus Is Here and Americans Respond
Pandemic: occurring over a wide geographic area and affecting an exceptionally high proportion of the population (Merriam-Webster)
Thursday was a huge turning point in America’s response to the coronavirus, now proclaimed by the World Health Organization as a pandemic. Cancellations began pouring in as the number of reported cases grew.
Right now, America is on pause with many school systems closed, universities switching to online classes, sports tournaments cancelled or paused, local events postponed, some churches cancelling services … and all are waiting for what will next be cancelled.
The Washington Post has removed its paywall for coronavirus coverage, as they have in the past for emergency situations.
The New York Times has removed its paywall for coronavirus coverage.
The Atlantic is providing paywall-free coronavirus coverage.
Headlines and latest updates:
Sunday, March 22
-Roanoke Times: Cline says he voted on principle against coronavirus funding package
-Washington Examiner: Ohio and Louisiana latest states to order residents to stay home during coronavirus outbreak
-Dallas Morning News: America is getting ready to show the world what we are made of
Saturday, March 21
-Washington Post: Anthony Fauci was ready for this. America was not
-New York Times: Coronavirus Could Overwhelm U.S. Without Urgent Action, Estimates Say
-Washington Post: U.S. intelligence reports from January and February warned about a likely pandemic
-ProPublica: A Medical Worker Describes Terrifying Lung Failure From COVID-19 — Even in His Young Patients
-The Bulwark (Shay Khatari): The Petty President
-The Atlantic: You Should Already Be In Lockdown
-Huffington Post: Why You Shouldn’t Go To Your Friend’s House While Social Distancing
Friday, March 20
-Richmond Times-Dispatch: Virginia to extend May 1 tax deadline for all individuals and businesses
-Roanoke Times: Volvo to temporarily shut down Dublin plant
-New York Times (Jon Meacham): We Can’t Let Coronavirus Postpone Elections
-Cavalier Daily: First U.Va. student reported to test positive for COVID-19
-UVA Today: UVA Health Independently Develops New Covid-19 Tests
-NBC-12: ‘We gotcha’: Dominion Energy crews working to make sure power isn’t an issue while working from home
Wednesday, March 18
–First member of Congress reports positive coronavirus test
-Virginia Mercury’s Graham Moomaw: Virginia officials say all voters can cast ballots by mail for May municipal elections
–Coronavirus claims life of Staunton councilman’s dad in Florida
–We’re not going back to normal
–Senate passes bill to ensure paid leave benefits to many Americans as coronavirus upends labor market. The bill now goes to Trump.
Tuesday, March 17
–Hello from Italy. Your future is grimmer than you think.
-Virginia Mercury’s Bob Lewis: Accountability, leadership become politics’ X factors in the time of coronavirus
-NBC-29’s CJ Paschall: UVA researchers may have found faster way to detect COVID-19
Monday, March 16
Since Virginia schools K-12 will be closed for the next two weeks, here are some ideas for restless students. Free printable here.
Sunday, March 15
Saturday, March 14
–Georgia postpones presidential primary, citing coronavirus
Friday, March 13
–Coronavirus in Virginia: Mapping reported cases throughout the state
–As Coronavirus Spreads, RPV Makes Contingency Plans for State Convention
–WHO Coronavirus Information for the Public
–Governor Declares State of Emergency, Outlines Additional Measures to Combat COVID-19
–Northam declares state of emergency
–Colleges Across Virginia Close Due to Coronavirus
–DuPont’s plant in Chesterfield ramps up Tyvek production to help combat coronavirus outbreak
–Metro preparing for possibility of scaling back service
–One person in Harrisonburg has tested positive for the Coronavirus
–Disney World, Disneyland Paris and Disney Cruises Suspending Operations Due to Coronavirus
–Coronavirus school closings: Ohio, Maryland, Michigan become first states to shut all K-12 schools
–Coronavirus: Countries enforce mass closures to stem spread
–Coronavirus closures: List of events, sports, and more canceled amid covid-19 fears
–Home-Schooling Tweens and Teens During Coronavirus Closings
–Coronavirus updates live: Dow plunges as White House grapples with spreading crisis
–Live updates: Coronavirus halts more events; Australian official who met with Ivanka Trump tests positive
–Coronavirus Updates: U.S. Futures Jump After Torrid Day on Wall Street
–Coronavirus, campaigns, and connectivity