Good morning, Portland! It's official: We've got our first confirmed case of coronavirus. Here's to another week of aggressively washing your hands, covering your sneezes, avoiding big crowds, and not touching your damn face. Godspeed.
COVID-19 Goes Big: There are now 100,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus COVID-19 across more than 100 countries. More than 7,300 of those cases have been in Italy. Over the weekend, Italy's government imposed a quarantine across a large region that includes the cities of Milan and Venice and ordered the temporary closure of movie theaters and museums. Sporting events are now closed to the public, and people are only allowed to dine out and shop if they remain over 3 feet apart. In Iran, which has seen 7,161 COVID-19 cases, a judge ordered 70,000 prisoners to be temporary released to combat the spread of the coronavirus
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— 𝕁𝕒𝕟𝕦𝕤 ℝ𝕠𝕤𝕖 🥀 (@zenalbatross) March 7, 2020
Coronavirus Comes to Portland: On Sunday, Gov. Kate Brown declared a state of emergency after the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Oregon reached 14. One of those cases is being treated in Multnomah County: A patient at OHSU tested positive for the illness over the weekend. While cases have popped up at in Hillsboro and Lake Oswego schools, Oregon Health Authority discourages schools from closing—at least for now. The state also discourages organizations from calling off large-scale events (like we saw Friday with the cancellation of Austin's South by Southwest).
Cruise News: As COVID-19 holds cruises hostage across the globe, the US State Department is discouraging people from planning cruise trips. Can you believe this anti-capitalistic bullshit?
Cruz News: Senator Ted Cruz has quarantined himself after hanging out with a bunch of Republicans—one of which tested positive for COVID-19.
Some Positive Health News: Here's an inspirational feature story on the UK's Adam Castillejo, the second person to be cured of HIV. Says Castillejo: “I want to be an ambassador of hope.”
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— Emily Cureton (@emilycureton) March 9, 2020
Tax Trolls: A pair of corporate lobbyists are going after a proposed ballot measure that would using business taxes to fund homeless service programs.
What Are Ex-Prez Candidates Up To? Senators and former presidential candidates Kamala Harris and Cory Booker have endorsed Joe Biden for president. More importantly, Elizabeth Warren made a cameo on SNL.