The novel coronavirus pandemic has now killed more than 618,000 people worldwide.
Over 15 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.
The United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 3.9 million diagnosed cases and at least 142,401 deaths.
- CDC changes guidance on isolating adults with COVID-19
- Arizona educators, grocery store workers can get free antibody testing
- California is now the state with the most coronavirus cases
Here is how the news is developing today. All times Eastern. Check back for updates.
3:10 p.m.: Ohio makes masks mandatory, issues travel advisory
In Ohio, masks will be mandatory as of 6 p.m. Thursday, Gov. Mike DeWine said Wednesday, as he announced that the state reached its second-highest daily new case count.
Those under 10 years old are exempt from the mask order.
Neighboring Indiana also issued a mask mandate on Wednesday. Indiana’s order will go into effect Monday.
DeWine on Wednesday also announced a travel advisory for people coming into Ohio from states where positivity rates are 15% are higher.
Those traveling to Ohio from these states must self-quarantine for two weeks: Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, Arizona, Nevada and Idaho.
“Trips to states where there are high positivity rates, such as South Carolina and Florida, are leading to outbreaks here in Ohio,” DeWine tweeted.
“A few weeks ago, we talked about a group of 45 students who traveled to Myrtle Beach [in South Carolina] together from Belmont County [in Ohio],” DeWine tweeted. “16 people initially tested positive for COVID19. Today, we know that 28 travelers have tested positive.”
2:50 p.m.: CDC changes guidance on isolating adults with COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday updated its guidance on how long adults with COVID-19 should isolate.
The goal is “limiting unnecessary prolonged isolation” and “unnecessary use of laboratory testing resources,” the CDC said.
Most people with COVID-19 can stop isolating 10 days after symptoms began, the CDC said. Symptoms must be improved and a fever must be resolved for at least 24 hours without using fever-reducing medicines, the CDC said.
Those who never develop symptoms can stop isolating 10 days after the date of their first positive test.
“A limited number of persons with severe illness may produce replication-competent virus beyond 10 days that may warrant extending duration of isolation and precautions for up to 20 days after symptom onset,” the CDC said.
2 p.m.: Arizona educators, grocery store workers can get free antibody testing
Arizona’s educators, grocery store workers and child care workers are among the essential workers who are now eligible for free COVID-19 antibody testing, the University of Arizona said Wednesday.
This expansion of the state’s free testing comes after a…
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