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Ways the coronavirus is impacting Utah, U.S.

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Melanie and John Haering - couple on Diamond Princess ship amid coronavirus quarantine. (KUTV)

The coronavirus is impacting economies worldwide -- and that's having an impact right here in Utah.

2News has collected this list of ways the coronavirus is already impacting Americans, as well as how those in charge are responding to the outbreak.

Utah man tests positive for coronavirus while in quarantine

  • Mark Jorgensen is now at least the third Utahn to have tested positive for coronavirus, according to a recent Facebook post. Jorgensen announced the news from quarantine in California.
  • Jorgensen is among the Americans who were quarantined on the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Japan's coast after an outbreak of the virus on board.

How will coronavirus impact Utah's growing Chinese tourism industry?

  • Utah tourism officials actively market the state in China, hoping to attract international visitors with images of the state’s five national parks, mountains, and urban character of Salt Lake City.
  • Their efforts appear to be working — 83,000 Chinese visitors came to Utah in 2018 and spent $130 million here. That’s up from just $16 million in 2007.
  • But what will happen this year with travel to and from mainland China pretty much cut off due to the Coronavirus outbreak? Watch this report for answers:

Impact of Coronavirus on missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints stated that the missionaries who recently left the China Hong Kong Mission are completing their 14-day self-isolation and are preparing to be relocated to their new temporary assignments.
  • Missionaries stationed in Cambodia Phnom Penh Mission, Singapore Mission, and Thailand Bangkok Mission have been told to remain in their apartments and avoid going outside except to purchase food and other supplies, or to attend services. They urged missionaries to stay at least six feet away from others and avoid any personal interactions.
  • Missionaries in these areas are teaching through phone calls and other technology at this time. Missionaries assigned and preparing to arrive to these three missions are temporarily reassigned.
  • The church also stated that other missions like the Mongolia Ulaanbaatar Mission and those throughout South Korea are urged to take precautions and make limited visits to people.

Utah student falls ill after returning home from trip to China

  • A Utah student fell ill with flu-like symptoms after recently returning from a trip to Beijing, China.
  • The Mount Pleasant student was being tested for coronavirus

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'Simply not ready': Americans told to brace for spread of new virus

  • With no vaccine or medicine available yet, preparations are focused on what's called “social distancing” — limiting opportunities for people to gather and spread the virus.
  • In the U.S., a vaccine candidate is inching closer to first-step safety studies in people
  • Dr. Nancy Messonnier of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said:
It’s not so much a question of if this will happen anymore, but rather more a question of exactly when this will happen — and how many people in this country will have severe illness.
  • If the disease does spread globally, everyone is likely to feel it.. Even those who aren't ill may need to help friends and family in isolation or have their own health appointments delayed.

CDC: Some beards, mustaches incompatible with respirators used to combat coronavirus

  • The CDC says facial hair can interfere with face masks and respirators used to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Hair should not cross the respirator sealing surface.
  • An infographic shared by the agency displays dozens of styles -- showing which ones are compatible with masks and respirators.

Lawmakers call for sweeping action to address coronavirus

  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer requested $8.5 billion in emergency funds on Wednesday, more than three times what the White House requested.
  • During a hearing Wednesday before U.S. House members, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said while the risk for Americans is currently low, things will get worse:
We fully expect we will see more cases here in the United States. We have to be mentally prepared and also as a government prepared.

Trump to detail US coronavirus efforts, Schumer seeks $8.5B

  • President Donald Trump will hold a news conference on Wednesday at 6 p.m. to address the coronavirus threat.
  • Trump pushed back Wednesday against criticism that his administration isn't doing enough to meet the coronavirus threat, as lawmakers called for giving disease-fighters much more money than the $2.5 billion the White House has requested.
  • Health officials said three new coronavirus cases have been reported in the U.S., bringing the tally here to 60.
  • The CDC on Tuesday warned the American public to prepare for an an outbreak of the disease, which has spawned more than 81,000 cases around the world — mainly in China.

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IOC member casts doubt on postponing or moving Tokyo Games due to virus

  • IOC says if it is too dangerous to hold Olympics in Tokyo this summer, the games are more likely to be canceled rather than postponed or moved
  • Athletes are encouraged to keep training. About 11,000 are expected for the Olympics, which open July 24, and 4,400 are bound for the Paralympics, which open Aug. 25.
  • The modern Olympics, which date to 1896, have been canceled only during wartime. The Olympics in 1940 were supposed to be in Tokyo but were called off because of Japan's war with China and World War II.
  • The Rio Games in Brazil went on as scheduled in 2016 despite the outbreak of the Zika virus.
  • As for the possibility of postponement, IOC member Dick Pound said:
You just don't postpone something on the size and scale of the Olympics. There's so many moving parts, so many countries and different seasons, and competitive seasons, and television seasons. You can't just say, 'We'll do it in October.'
  • Pound said moving to another city also seems unlikely “because there are few places in the world that could think of gearing up facilities in that short time to put something on."

South Korea virus cases jump again, 1st US soldier infected

  • The U.S. military says one of its soldiers based in South Korea tested positive for a new virus, the first U.S. service member infected.
  • A U.S. military statement said Wednesday that the 23-year-old man is in self-quarantine at his off-base residence.
  • South Korea said Wednesday it had almost 1,150 cases of the new coronavirus, the biggest outbreak outside mainland China.
  • About 28,500 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea as deterrence against potential aggression from North Korea.

Sony, Amazon, NTT drop out of big tech show over virus

  • Electronics manufacturer Sony and mobile phone carrier NTT DoCoMo said Monday they're scrapping their appearances at Mobile World Congress, the world’s biggest mobile industry trade fair, in Barcelona, Spain, this month.
  • Amazon said over the weekend that it is withdrawing “due to the outbreak and continued concerns about novel coronavirus.
  • While the companies that have pulled out are among the show's biggest exhibitors, they're only a handful of the 2,800 taking part.

CDC confirms six cases of coronavirus in San Antonio

  • The Centers for Disease Control said there are six confirmed cases COVID-19 in the San Antonio area, including five cases among the group of passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
  • The sixth coronavirus case involved an American evacuee who arrived in San Antonio from Wuhan, China. The CDC said this person remains in federal isolation at a local medical facility.

Paramount halts 'Mission: Impossible' shoot over new virus

  • “Mission: Impossible 7" had been scheduled to shoot for three weeks in Venice. More than 200 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Italy, the largest number outside Asia.
  • Paramount cited the Venetian government's halting of public gatherings, and said it was canceling the shoot “out of an abundance of caution for the safety and well-being of our cast and crew."
  • Paramount also on Monday postponed the Chinese release of “Sonic the Hedgehog,” which had been set for Friday. Cinemas in China have been shuttered due to the outbreak, closing down the world's second-largest box-office market.


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