A northwest Oregon resident has tested positive for coronavirus with no known history of travel to countries severely affected by the outbreak and no known contact with infected individuals, state health officials said Friday.

The case, in Washington County, marks the third case of unknown origin in the United States and indicates that the virus is spreading. It is also the first coronavirus case in Oregon.

The adult patient, whose age and gender were not disclosed, is at Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center in Hillsboro, officials said.

Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen said the case is considered “presumptive” while the state awaits confirmation of test results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The patient was recently at a local elementary school, Allen said.

Earlier Friday, health officials in Santa Clara County, Calif., said a 65-year-old resident also had a case of coronavirus with unknown origin — becoming the second U.S. case of community transmission. The nation’s first community-transmission patient was a woman in Solano County, about 90 miles away.

The World Health Organization on Friday raised its risk assessment of the coronavirus to “very high,” citing the risk of spread and impact. WHO officials said their assessment — the highest level short of declaring a global pandemic — doesn’t change the approach countries should take to combat the virus but should serve as a “wake up” and “reality check” for countries to hurry their preparations.

The U.S. stock market fell for the seventh straight day amid fears of global economic damage from the escalating outbreak, and the Federal Reserve took the unusual step of issuing a statement to reassure Americans.

“The fundamentals of the U.S. economy remain strong. However, the coronavirus poses evolving risks to economic activity,” Fed Chair Jerome H. Powell said. “The Fed is closely monitoring developments and their implications for the economic outlook. We will use our tools and act as appropriate to support the economy.”

Here are the latest developments:

  • The Trump administration pushed back on criticism of its handling of its coronavirus response, playing down the threat the disease poses even as more news emerged about the spread of the virus both abroad and at home.
  • A Department of Homeland Security employee who returned from travel to China was told by her supervisor to report to her workplace in early February in apparent violation of a mandatory 14-day coronavirus quarantine period, according to complaints filed Friday by the union that represents the woman’s co-workers.
  • Japan’s Hokkaido island — where Olympic marathons are due to take place this summer — declared a state of emergency as the country reported its 10th death. France and Germany reported upticks in infections, while South Korea’s tally surpassed 2,300, as more events were canceled and airlines said they would cut flights.
  • The U.S. government on Friday recommended avoiding nonessential travel to Italy as the number of coronavirus cases in the country surged to 800 and the death toll hit 21. Saudi Arabia said it was temporarily suspending entry to the country for the purposes of umrah and visiting Muhammad’s mosque. It is unclear when the restrictions will be lifted or how they could affect hajj.
  • The virus is now reaching into the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, home to some of the world’s largest technology companies — including Google, Apple and Tesla.
  • Fears that a possible coronavirus pandemic could tip the world economy into recession drove stocks to their worst weekly loss since the 2008 financial crisis.
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Canada confirms 16th case of coronavirus in man who traveled to Egypt

TORONTO — An Ontario man who recently traveled to Egypt tested positive for the novel coronavirus, public health officials said Friday, bringing the total number of cases in Canada to 16.

The man, who is in his 80s, arrived in Toronto from Egypt on Feb. 20 and went to the emergency department of a hospital, said David Williams, the provincial medical officer of health. The man was discharged and is in isolation at home.

“Throughout his travels, the man wore a mask,” said a statement from Ontario’s Health Ministry. “Toronto Public Health is actively engaged in contact tracing and case management.”

This is the first case in Canada in a patient who has not traveled to either China or Iran or had contact with someone who had traveled there and tested positive for the virus.

Earlier Friday, officials announced another case of the novel coronavirus in Ontario in a man in his 50s who arrived in Toronto from Iran this week.

Williams said the novel coronavirus is “not circulating locally, however given the global circumstances, Ontario is actively working with city and health partners to plan for the potential of local spread.”

There are eight cases of the novel coronavirus in Ontario, seven in British Columbia and one in Quebec. Officials say the risk the virus poses to Canadians is low.

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Washington state reports two presumptive coronavirus cases in Seattle area, one of unknown origin

SEATTLE — Two presumptive cases of covid-19 emerged in the Seattle area, and one may be the result of community transmission, meaning the patient did not contract the illness while traveling abroad.

The Washington State Department of Health said late Friday a high school student in Snohomish County, just north of Seattle, with no history of traveling recently to areas where the disease has spread, tested positive and is currently in home isolation. The result of the test is pending confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The student would add to a list of two Californians and one Oregonian who have contracted the disease without known contact or travel.

The other patient, a woman in her 50s in King County where Seattle is located, had traveled to Daegu, South Korea. She is also in home isolation.

“Given the extent of global spread, we expect to identify more individuals with COVID-19 in Washington,” State Health Officer Kathy Lofy said in a statement.

The minor who tested positive for the disease attended Jackson High School, according to a news release from Everett Public Schools. The student was not in school most of this week, but was on campus briefly Friday morning, according to the district. The students who were in contact with the patient have been notified and will remain home for 14 days and have their symptoms monitored by health authorities. Everett Public Schools will close Jackson High School on Monday for three days of what it calls “deep disinfecting.”

The fourth West Coast case brings the total number of covid-19 cases detected through the U.S. public health system to 19, according to the CDC.

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Northern California county identifies new resident with coronavirus of known origin

Solano County, the Northern California area where the first case of community-spread coronavirus in the United States was identified this week, announced Friday it has another resident who has tested positive for the virus.

However, the case was the result of exposure while traveling — the person was originally a passenger on the Diamond Princess cruise ship and evacuated from Japan to Travis Air Force Base, which is also in Solano County. A second resident, also evacuated from Japan, is also under observation and is awaiting the results of a coronavirus test from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Because the new case was clearly traced back to its origin and the person was closely monitored, it’s not seen as alarming as the three U.S. cases of coronavirus in which the source remains unknown. Those incidents raise the possibility that the virus is spreading wider in the United States through community contact. The three cases are in Solano County and Santa Clara County, Calif., and Washington County, Ore.

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Feds scrap plan to move coronavirus patients from military base to Southern California mental health center

The federal government has dropped plans to send dozens of coronavirus patients to a mental health center in Southern California after local officials went to federal court to block the move.

“The Federal Defendants have decided not to move forward with the challenged proposal,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Beck wrote in a filing late Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. “As a result, the Court should dissolve the temporary restraining order and dismiss this action.”

The government initially sought to move between 30 and 50 of people who contracted the coronavirus aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship from a quarantine site at Travis Air Force Base to Fairview Developmental Center in Costa Mesa, Calif. Government attorneys later agreed that just 10 people would need to be moved for the time being, but declined to say whether that number would increase.

The city of Costa Mesa immediately asked a federal judge to scuttle the plan, arguing that it was sprung on local leaders without warning or consultation, and was soon joined in the legal action by other local governments. U.S. District Judge Josephine Staton earlier this week put a temporary hold on the proposal while the parties negotiated another solution. A hearing was scheduled for Monday.

“This is a victory for the citizens of Costa Mesa and Orange County,” Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley said in a statement to the Associated Press. “But the government has not promised not to place future infected persons there, so the battle is not over. We will continue to ask the court to prohibit the government from using this completely inappropriate facility for housing people infected with a highly communicable and potentially fatal disease.”

According to the government’s filings, officials have made other arrangements for the patients.

Passengers from the Diamond Princess are nearing the end of a mandatory 14-day quarantine. All the patients the government wanted to send to Fairview had tested positive for the virus but were not showing symptoms.

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Oregon officials say they don’t know how resident contracted coronavirus

Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen told reporters Friday that the Washington County resident diagnosed with coronavirus had no known exposure to the illness via travel or contact with an infected person.

“We don’t know how this person became infected with covid-19,” Allen said, referring to the disease the virus causes.

Officials said the patient recently visited Forest Hills Elementary School in Lake Oswego, a Portland suburb, but they did not say in what capacity the person was there.

Allen said officials’ “top priority” is trying to determine the number of close contacts the patient had, to help determine the potential spread of the disease. He said he would alert the public if the state became aware of any other confirmed coronavirus cases.

The patient began experiencing symptoms Feb. 19, and officials said the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory tested a sample Friday with a test kit it received from the CDC two days earlier.

“Our state and local authorities are responding quickly to the case,” Gov. Kate Brown (D) said. “They are professionally trained to handle the situation. Oregonians should know we are taking this very seriously.”

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Kim Jong Un warns of ‘serious consequences’ if virus reaches North Korea

TOKYO — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has warned of “serious consequences” if coronavirus reaches his country, the state-run Korea Central News Agency reported Saturday.

Kim convened a meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party’s Politburo, where the battle against the virus was called a “crucial state affair for the defense of the people” that required maximum discipline.

The politiburo also vowed stricter enforcement of “top-class anti-epidemic steps,” KCNA reported.

“In case the infectious disease spreading beyond control finds its way into our country, it will entail serious consequences,” KCNA quoted Kim as saying.

North Korea says it does not have any confirmed cases of the coronavirus, although news services with contacts in the country have reported suspected cases in cities bordering China.

State media says a month-long quarantine period had been imposed for people showing symptoms. North Korea has banned all tourists, stopped all flights and trains from coming and going, shut down almost all border trade and placed foreign diplomats under virtual house arrest in a bid to prevent the virus entering from China.

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DHS employee told to report to work in Newark after China travel, in violation of coronavirus quarantine

A Department of Homeland Security employee who returned from travel to China was told by her supervisor to report to her workplace in early February in apparent violation of a mandatory 14-day coronavirus quarantine period, according to complaints filed Friday by the union that represents the woman’s co-workers.

The DHS employee, who was not identified, works for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Newark, according to the complaint. After arriving from China, she called a supervisor to ask if she should remain at home under quarantine but she was told to report to work Feb. 10, according to Ward Morrow, an attorney for the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents USCIS employees.

Neither the woman nor any of her co-workers have shown symptoms of coronavirus infection, but Morrow said the union has filed a labor grievance and a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The incident raises concerns about adherence to CDC guidance for federal employees returning from China and other areas with known coronavirus transmission, Morrow said.

Morrow said DHS is “supposed to play a leading role in protecting us but isn’t able to enforce its own policies with its managers, putting employees and the communities where they live at severe risk.”

Sarah Rodriguez, a spokeswoman for USCIS, said the agency is fully complying with CDC guidelines that instruct federal employees who return from China to remain at home for 14 days.

“U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services continues to monitor the coronavirus situation in close coordination with the White House, the Department of Homeland Security and various public health organizations,” Rodriguez said. “DHS has issued guidance mandating that employees returning from China adhere to a quarantine protocol.”

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China reports 427 new cases and 47 deaths

Chinese health officials on Saturday reported 427 new cases of coronavirus infections on the country’s mainland, almost all of which were in Hubei province, where the virus broke out. The total number of cases in China stands at 79,251.

Officials also reported 47 new deaths on the Chinese mainland to reach a total of 2,835 people there who have died of the virus. Of the new deaths, 45 were in Hubei.

There have been 94 cases of the virus and two deaths in Hong Kong, 10 cases in Macao, and 34 cases and one death on the self-governing island of Taiwan.

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Officials release details of second community transmission case in the U.S.

Officials in Santa Clara County, Calif., said Friday that an older woman who had not recently traveled and had no known contact with infected individuals is the most distinct case of covid-19 contracted in their jurisdiction.

County health officer Sara Cody said at a news conference that an infectious-disease physician known to public-health officials called their office Wednesday night to report she had been caring for a patient with symptoms compatible with coronavirus.

The county opened its public-health laboratory the same day and got a specimen from the ill woman, Cody said. The test came back positive late Thursday.

The woman is being treated at the El Camino Hospital in Mountain View. Her case has not been linked to any others in California.

“It’s time to shift how we respond,” Cody said. “Now we need to add other public health tools. The virus is here, present at some level.”

The county asked state and federal health officials to help with the resource-intensive process of retracing the woman’s steps, identifying the people most at risk of having been exposed, developing a timeline and exploring the potential source of transmission. Cody said officials had already identified health care workers who had contact with the patient.

People who had prolonged contact with the woman, such as members of her household, will have to undergo quarantine for 14 days in accordance with protocol across the state. Cody said officials will keep track of every person who may have been exposed and is placed in isolation.

Also on Friday, California health officials announced they had opened nine public-health labs in the Santa Clara area and in Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange counties to help the state test specimens more quickly.

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South Korea reports 594 new cases, bringing total to 2,931

The total number of coronavirus cases in South Korea rose to 2,931 on Saturday when the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 594 new cases.

Of those, 476 were in the southern city of Daegu, where the virus appears to have spread widely among members of a regional branch of the secretive Shincheonji Church of Jesus. The fringe church has been temporarily shut down due to the surge of infections.

South Korea has reported 16 deaths from the coronavirus, and at least 70 countries have banned or restricted entry of visitors from South Korea during the outbreak.

Min Joo Kim contributed to this report.

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Trump calls coronavirus a ‘hoax’ and uses it to justify border wall

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — At a political rally here, President Trump called coronavirus the Democrats’ “new hoax," likening it to the Russia investigation and the impeachment inquiry.

But Trump also said his administration was “preparing for the worst.”

“My administration has taken the most aggressive action in modern history to prevent the spread of this illness in the United States,” he said.

Trump said although he was criticized for barring foreign nationals traveling from China from entering the United States, now “everybody’s complimenting me, saying, ‘Thank you very much. You are 100 percent correct.’”

Trump also used coronavirus to justify building his border wall with Mexico. There have been no reports of the virus being spread by someone coming across the border.

“The Democrat policy of open borders is a direct threat to the health and well-being of all Americans,” Trump said. “Now you see it with the coronavirus, you see it, you know, you see that when you have this virus or any other virus or any other problem coming in.“

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U.S. lawmakers demand answers about HHS workers sent to coronavirus quarantine zones

U.S. lawmakers demanded answers from administration officials Friday about the whistleblower who said workers from the Department of Health and Human Services without proper training or protective gear were sent to receive the first Americans evacuated from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. The workers were deployed to March and Travis military bases in California.

The whistleblower’s complaint alleges the workers had face-to-face contact with returning passengers in an airplane hangar and when they helped distribute keys for room assignments and hand out colored ribbons for identification purposes. The workers did not show symptoms of infection and were not tested for the virus, according to lawyers for the whistleblower, a senior HHS official based in Washington who oversees workers at the Administration for Children and Families, a unit within HHS.

The whistleblower is seeking federal protection, alleging she was unfairly and improperly reassigned after raising concerns about the safety of these workers to HHS officials, including those within Secretary Alex Azar’s office. She was told that if she does not accept her new position by March 5, she would be terminated.

After House Democrats had a closed-door briefing Friday morning, they said they were not satisfied by the answers they received and asked for a follow-up briefing from HHS. They were initially told they could expect such a briefing Friday afternoon, but that second briefing never came through.

Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), who represents March Air Reserve Base, told reporters: “The question I asked was, ‘What assurances do we have that proper protocols were followed during the federal quarantine?’ And it was not as responsive as I would have liked.”

Takano said Robert Kadlec, assistant secretary for preparedness and response at HHS, had agreed to meet with him and other California lawmakers to follow up. As of Friday afternoon, that follow-up was not scheduled.

“I think those of us who represent these bases, you know, deserve and merit this extra attention,” Takano said. “But this, the possibility that procedures weren’t followed, proper protocols weren’t followed, and proper training was not in place is really concerning.”

Sen. Ron Wyden (Ore.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, sent a letter to Azar on Friday saying the whistleblower’s complaint showed that “mismanagement on the part of HHS placed these human services staff at risk.”

Wyden has asked Azar to describe in detail why the person was reassigned and details about the department’s protocols for deploying medical and agency personnel to health emergency locations, training and what steps HHS has taken to quarantine, monitor or test the ACF employees after their assignments.

HHS officials have said they take all whistleblower complaints very seriously, are providing the person “all appropriate protections under the Whistleblower Protection Act” and are evaluating the complaint.

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Nurses union says UC-Davis coronavirus case shows vulnerability of nation’s hospitals

A major nurses union asserted Friday that a recent case of covid-19 at UC-Davis Medical Center shows U.S. hospitals are unprepared for an epidemic and that federal health officials’ guidelines are insufficient.

A coronavirus patient admitted to the Sacramento hospital on Feb. 19 caused at least 124 health-care workers — 36 nurses and 88 other workers — to self-isolate at home, National Nurses United said in a statement. California health officials, however, have said the number of people from the state’s hospitals who are self-isolating is less than 100.

Nurses and other health-care workers have been “sidelined” during the coronavirus outbreak, the union said.

“Lack of preparedness will create an unsustainable national health care staffing crisis,” the union wrote in its statement. “Nurses view the handling of this COVID-19 case as a system failure and not a success.”

The union said it requested increased staffing, equipment and supplies from University of California medical system leaders.

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Game Developers Conference postponed amid coronavirus fears, exhibitor withdrawals

SAN FRANCISCO — Following withdrawals from high-profile exhibitors, including Microsoft, Epic Games, Sony and Kojima Productions, organizers for the Game Developers Conference announced Friday that the event would be postponed. The annual conference draws tens of thousands of game developers and industry stakeholders from around the world.

“After close consultation with our partners in the game development industry and community around the world, we’ve made the difficult decision to postpone the Game Developers Conference this March,” the event organizers said in a statement. “Having spent the past year preparing for the show with our advisory boards, speakers, exhibitors, and event partners, we’re genuinely upset and disappointed not to be able to host you at this time.”

The organizers said they intended to “host a GDC event later in the summer.”

On Feb. 20, Facebook and PlayStation were among the first to announce they would be canceling their appearances at the event due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. Over the following week, other exhibitors followed suit — a steady drip of cancellations.

Amid the pullback, a number of companies, including Facebook and Microsoft, announced they would replace their physical presence at the event with online presentations. Ultimately, the event could not go on as planned.

GDC is far from the only event to be hobbled by the coronavirus. PlayStation withdrew from PAX East in Boston on Feb. 19. In the esports world, the Overwatch League’s ambitious international event schedule was severely curtailed by the spread of the virus, prompting travel changes and canceled matches.

The Intel Extreme Masters Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament, scheduled to take place this weekend in Katowice, Poland, will be played in an empty arena, with fans barred from attending.