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Emergency and disaster management briefing for March 11, 2020: The number of COVID-19 cases in the United States has surpassed 1,000; Italy imposed a nationwide lockdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus; Japan cancels public observance of the ninth anniversary of the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that caused a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear; Seattle is expected to announce a ban of events with 250 or more people amid the coronavirus outbreak; some U.S. universities are suspending in-person teaching as the COVID-19 outbreak continues; after 52 hours being trapped, a mother and her son were pulled alive from the rubble of the collapsed hotel in Quanzhou, China; FEMA is to continue in its supporting role to the Department of Health and Human Services who is the lead agency in the U.S. for the coronavirus outbreak; a new report finds Wyoming, Arkansas, and West Virginia are the worst prepared hospitals for disasters.

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1) The [link url=”” title=”number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. surpassed 1,030 as of Wednesday”], with a total of 28 deaths nationwide. Michigan reported its first two case of the virus Tuesday, prompting the governor to declare a state of emergency. All but 12 states in the U.S. have reported cases of COVID-19, and the nationwide outbreak has prompted the cancellation of various events and large gatherings. According to reports, [link url=”” title=”100 new cases are now being reported on average each day in the United States”], but the risk for contracting the virus still remains low for the general public.

2) The coronavirus has prompted officials in [link url=”” title=”Italy to impose a nationwide lockdown in order to stop the spread of COVID-19″]. The death toll jumped from 168 to 631 just after the announcement–which also suspended all outdoor events, and closed all schools and universities. The total number of cases in Italy stands at [link url=”” title=”10,149, with a total number of those who have recovered being 1,004″].

3) As Japan continues to grapple with an outbreak of the coronavirus, [link url=”” title=”a public observance of the ninth anniversary of the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami was canceled”]. The major earthquake struck on March 11, 2011, and set off a tsunami that prompted a meltdown of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, forcing over 160,000 people from their homes–many of whom have never returned. The clean up continues after the disaster, and just last week, [link url=”” title=”an evacuation order for the town of Futaba was partially lifted”].

4) Seattle, Washington is still [link url=”” title=”working to contain an outbreak of COVID-19 that has caused the deaths of 23 people”], including 19 deaths associated with a long-term care facility in Kirkland. The state has 267 cases, and believes the coronavirus has now spread to at least 10 additional long-term care facilities. The governor is [link url=”” title=”expected to announce a ban on gatherings and events of 250 or more people”], and although schools remain open, officials say that could change in the future.

5) In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, [link url=”” title=”some major universities across the United States are switching to online classes”]. Several of the universities noted that in-person teaching may not resume this year, and others have also suspended their international programs. Among the universities that have suspended in-person teaching are [link url=”” title=”Harvard University, Kent State University, Ohio State University, Stanford University, UCLA, and UC-Berkeley”].

6) [link url=”” title=”A mother and her 10-year-old son have been found alive and rescued from beneath the rubble of the collapsed hotel in Quanzhou, China”] after being trapped for 52 hours. The hotel was being used to quarantine those infected with COVID-19 when it collapsed Saturday night, trapping 71 people beneath the rubble. The death toll from the collapse has risen to 26, while 10 people still remain missing.

7) Currently, there will be no federal disaster declaration by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) over the coronavirus outbreak. According to reports, [link url=”” title=”the lead agency for the public health response to the coronavirus is the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). FEMA remains a support agency”] that offers crisis action planning, situational awareness, and reporting, among other interagency coordination efforts and supports. HHS has transferred $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in an effort to support state and local efforts at the forefront of the outbreak and their attempts to stop the spread of COVID-19.

8) According to an analysis of a report on American hospital disaster preparedness, [link url=”” title=”the worst prepared hospitals in the nation are Wyoming, Arkansas, and West Virginia”]. The report ranks hospital performance in tiers, with 13 states on the lowest tier, 20 states and Washington, DC in the middle tier, and 17 states in the top tier. [link url=”” title=”The findings were based on ten indicators including, Incident Management, Cross-Sector Community Collaboration, Institutional Quality, Water Security, Patient Safety, and Health Security Surveillance”].