US health officials say a new viral respiratory illness is an evolving outbreak that should be taken seriously, but US citizens should not be "worried or frightened." (Jan. 24)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offered a glimpse Thursday into its Emergency Operations Center in Atlanta, where employees are tasked with responding to the new virus at the center of a global outbreak. (Feb. 13) Louisiana's governor says that cases in the southern US state are rising rapidly and by early April could run short of crucial medical equipment and hospital beds.
A major federal disaster declaration has been declared, unlocking funds to combat the crisis.
Officials say the rapid spike in cases could be because of the large crowds attending the Mardi Gras parade in February.
Al Jazeera's Andy Gallacher reports. President Trump said officials will use surveillance testing to categorize counties as high-risk, medium-risk or low-risk" for the virus. Lawmakers on Tuesday expressed skepticism that U.S. health officials will be able to meet their goal of significantly ramping up testing for the new coronavirus. (March 3)