White House calls for 10 person limit on gatherings; UK report projects dire consequences if COVID-19 mitigation efforts fail; Seattle begins vaccine trial
On Feb. 29, the U.S. had its first reported death from the novel coronavirus, in Washington state. On March 13, Inslee announced mandatory closure of all K-12 schools. In that two week period, the number of identified and state-reported cases of COVID-19 in the US rose from 39 (not counting repatriated cases) to 2,177. In Washington, they jumped from 12 to 568 identified cases with, now, 37 deaths.
Trump campaign continues scheduling rallies; Biden and Sanders canceled Ohio events. Spokesperson: “The president is the best authority on this issue." WHO labels COVID-19 a pandemic.