The Gazette Daily News Podcast, March 12

Weather for Thursday, March 12, 2020

Today there’s a chance of showers and potentially some thunderstorms this afternoon. Otherwise, it’ll be mostly cloudy with a high of 58. Tonight will also be mostly cloudy during the early evening, but will clear up throughout the night with a low of 30. Wind gusts could also be as high as 30 mph.

An Update on the Coronavirus

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  • SaPaDaPaSo St. Patricks Day Parade cancelled for the first time in 45 years.
  • The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has admitted its first COVID-19 patient, who remains in critical condition.
  • The World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a pandemic. It’s important to note this strictly classifies its rate of spread, not its lethality.
  • The University of Iowa is suspending face-to-face instruction for two weeks following spring break and will move to virtual instruction.
  • The state of Iowa is receiving more than $6 million from the Centers for Disease Control.
  • Live broadcast of The Gazette’s Pints and Politics, scheduled for Thursday, March 12, has been postponed until November. An in-studio edition will be aired at noon, Friday, on Iowa Public Radio’s “River to River.”
  • A new date for Thursday’s Business Breakfast on workforce resources, also postponed, will be announced as soon as it’s confirmed.
  • The NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships at the U.S. Cellular Center — as well as the Big Ten and Big 12 men’s basketball tournaments— have been closed to the public and the games will be played in a mostly empty stadium.
  • In Johnson County, where most of the patients in Iowa who have tested positive for COVID-19 live, the Iowa City Community School District is reviewing how it could provide remote, online instruction to its roughly 14,000 students.
  • Coe college extends spring break by one week.
  • President Trump suspends travel between US and Europe for 30 days as a measure to control coronavirus spread.
  • The NBA suspended its 2020 season after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus.

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