March 10, 2020

Coronavirus News Roundup: Tuesday, March 10

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Provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Cases of the novel coronavirus –– or the disease caused by the virus, COVID-19 -- continue to mount throughout the Midwest. Some states have turned to closing K-12 schools or colleges.

Here’s the latest from the region: 


  • Governor J. B. Pritzker announced a disaster proclamation to help the state tackle a growing number of cases. There are eleven people sickened from the virus. 
  • Three Chicago-area schools are closed Tuesday due to concerns around the virus. 


  • There are now eight cases of the coronavirus in Iowa -- a sharp increase from last week.
  • Reader Question: What counties in Iowa has the coronavirus been identified in?
  • Answer from Iowa Public Radio reporter Natalie Krebs: “So far, seven in Johnson County and one in Pottawattamie County. The Johnson County people were all on a cruise in Egypt, and the Pottawattamie County person was recently in California.” 



  • Late yesterday, Ohio health officials announced three people are sick with COVID-19, and the Ohio governor declared a state of emergency. 
  • As a measure to contain the virus, Ohio State University has suspended all in-classes through the end of March. Instead, the university is pivoting classroom instruction to online.


  • There remains one active case in St. Louis, Missouri. 


Check back to Side Effects for frequent round-ups of coronavirus news from the Midwest. We also want to help you sort fact from fiction when it comes to coronavirus. Email or text “health” to 73224 with your questions, and we will search for the answers.

This is a rapidly evolving story, and we are working hard to bring you the most up-to-date information. However, we recommend checking the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the most recent numbers of COVID-19 cases.  

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